Today, side projects are all the rage, with artists like Damon Albarn and Jack White achieving success in a number of different bands.
But when Genesis co-founder Mike Rutherford decided to start another band in 1984, it was still something of a novelty. Mike + The Mechanics went on to sell more than 10 million records worldwide, with hits including The Living Years and Over My Shoulder. Now, following the success of 2007’s Genesis reunion tour, Mike has reformed his Mechanics.
Rising Phoenix-like from the ashes, Rutherford has decided to reform the band he originally started as a side-line to his activities in Genesis.
Although he’s gigged in some of the biggest stadiums on the planet, Mike Rutherford’s memories of Glasgow remain crystal-clear.
The Genesis guitarist is bringing his other band, Mike and the Mechanics, to the Clyde Auditorium next Wednesday.
Mike & The Mechanics were a counter-project to Genesis. The band broke up after the death of Paul Young. Now she goes back to its roots - the "Road" tour with Andrew Roachford.
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Peter Gabriel is a man who does things on his own schedule. He's only released three studio albums of new material since 1982's Peter Gabriel IV, and he's resisted the immense pressure to reunite with Genesis for a brief (and highly lucrative) reunion tour.