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Review: Mike & The Mechanics, BIC

Mike and the Mechanics live at the Bournemouth International Centre Mike and the Mechanics live at the Bournemouth International Centre Charlie Raven

Just when you thought Mike Rutherford’s Genesis side project was finished, here comes a new generation of Mike & The Mechanics tunes to slide effortlessly down the ear canal.

The death of Paul Young and the departure of Paul Carrack seemed to signal an end to the band, but British R&B soulster Roachford and Canadian singer Tim Howar have been drafted in to give them a new lease of life.

The title track from new album The Road may have kicked proceedings off, but this was all about the hits and showing how the two new frontmen could bring something different.

Howar’s musical theatre background offered power and passion on All I Need Is A Miracle and the celebratory closer Word Of Mouth, while Roachford matched and even outshone Carrack’s soulful, bluesy treatment of favourites like The Living Years and Nobody Knows.

As the professorial Rutherford and his accomplished band unfussily drove the music along, Howar energetically warmed up the crowd, bouncing around the stage as his vocal partner preferred a more sedentary role behind the keyboards, sparking to life with his own hits Only To Be With You and Cuddly Toy.

There was even a double shot of Genesis, with Follow You, Follow Me and a spiky I Can’t Dance offering more proof that there might be a decent amount of life left in this band.

© Dorset Echo, by Neal Butterworth

Last modified on Monday, 09 May 2011 15:08

3 comments

  • jayman36
    jayman36 Tuesday, 17 January 2012 05:47 Comment Link Report

    i used to read this story as a teenager(while stoned) and it was like i was in the story. i played the drums and keyboards to it also. an amazing album of lyrics,story and music!!!!

  • Marcello
    Marcello Friday, 12 August 2011 02:27 Comment Link Report

    Hey, I was thinking this would make a wonderful play or musical, don't you think?

  • D Wood
    D Wood Monday, 09 May 2011 15:20 Comment Link Report

    I was a little disappointed with M&M last night at the BIC - not from the performance point of view (although Roachford did jump the gun on second song and had to sing the first line twice) but more with the production .... vocal sound levels were far too high causing much of the tone of the voices to be lost; this had a massive detrimental effect on the overall sound balace and the concert as a whole. Howar looked a little lost in places, roaming the stage like a spare part (where as all the others had an instrument to hold on to!) That said, highlights were the Genesis pieces in the middle of the set and All I Need is a Miracle, which got the audience rocking. Dont know if the new duo are quite up to Young and Carrack who set the standard by which all others will be judged. A 6.5 out of 10 if I had to award a mark.

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