Rock stars' side projects don't come much more successful than Genesis founder Mike Rutherford's outfit, which has sold an incredible ten million records since the mid-1980s.
Think Mike and the Mechanics and it's the sweeping emotional hits like The Living Years, Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle and Over My Shoulder that instantly spring to mind. Here were driving anthems that transcended regular genres and spoke to heart and soul through rocky melodies and soaring choruses.
If you think this new Mechanics tour is perhaps some tired ‘going through the motions’ exercise by an ageing rock star then forget it. In a typically well-judged and tasteful manner, Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford has managed to revitalise his long-standing solo project with the addition of two brilliant vocalists: Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar.
Formed by guitarist Mike Rutherford during a break from his multi-million selling band, Genesis, Mike & The Mechanics became widely known for their hit singles "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)", "All I Need Is a Miracle", "Word of Mouth", "Over My Shoulder", and "The Living Years".
When Paul Young died of a heart attack in July 2000, it came as a bolt from the blue for his family and friends.
"He was fit as a fiddle," says Pat, his 63-year-old widow. "You can see when you look at Mike and the Mechanics videos how fit he was. He never complained of anything. He’d done a Mike And The Mechanics tour, and he had just come home from Switzerland with the SAS Band, said he had indigestion, and that was it."
After a 6-year dry spell, Mike Rutherford’s Mike and the Mechanics have released their seventh studio record, ‘The Road’. With new vocalists in the form of Andrew Roachford and Tim Hower, the change in musical genre will be a shock to some, but there remain some remnants of classic Mechanics deep within these 11 tracks.