Mike + the Mechanics New Album, Tour Coming

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Rutherford (c) with fellow Mechanics Andrew Roachford (l) and Tim Howar

Mike + the Mechanics have announced a September European tour, and a few U.S. dates, which follows their February and March “Word of Mouth” U.K. dates. The band are also opening for Mike Rutherford’s longtime Genesis bandmate Phil Collins on two dates in June.

Rutherford’s longtime side project, Mike + the Mechanics are releasing their first new studio album since 2011. Let Me Fly is coming April 7 via BMG.

Their April 21 performance, as part of the Asbury Park (NJ) Music and Film Festival, is being taped for a future episode of the music TV series, Front and Center.

The group enjoyed strong international success with their 1985 self-titled debut. The album scored two Top 10 singles, “Silent Running” and “All I Need Is a Miracle,” one each from their two lead vocalists, Paul Young and Paul Carrack. A third song, “Taken In,” was only a chart hit.

The follow-up album, 1988’s The Living Years, was another big success, led by the title track, which was a worldwide #1 smash.

Young, the former frontman for Sad Cafe, died of a heart attack in 2000. Carrack, who had formally fronted Ace (“How Long”) and was briefly a member of Squeeze (lead vocals on “Tempted”), has been a solo performer for many years and occasionally tours in Eric Clapton’s band.

Let Me Fly album includes 12 songs:

1. “Let Me Fly”
2. “Are You Ready”
3. “Wonder”
4. “The Best is Yet to Come”
5. “Save the World”
6. “Don’t Know What Came Over Me”
7. “High Life”
8. “The Letter”
9. “Not Out of Love”
10. “Love Left Over”
11. “I’ll Be There For You”
12. “Save My Soul”

Pre-order is available here.

Listen to “Don’t Know What Came Over Me”…

The band announced a February and March U.K. tour in March of 2016. On January 30, they revealed that they would be one of several acts supporting Collins when he plays Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on June 25 and London’s BST Hyde Park on June 30. The Mechanics have proven to be a consistent draw even as the band has changed and evolved into its latest lineup with vocalist Andrew Roachford and Canadian-born singer Tim Howar sharing front man duties.

Watch “The Living Years” from Mandela Hall in Belfast on February 11…

Related: Our interview with Mike Rutherford

Watch the band perform the new album’s title cut at a September 21, 2016 performance…

Mike + The Mechanics 2017 Word of Mouth Tour Dates:

April 21 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents (Tickets)
April 24 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom (Tickets)

June 25 – Dublin – Aviva Stadium (opening for Phil Collins)
June 30 – London – BST Hyde Park (opening for Phil Collins)

Sept 01 – Copenhagen, DE – Amager Bio
Sept 03 – Krakow, Poland – Ice
Sept 05 – Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien
Sept 06 – Prague, Czech Rep. – Lucerna
Sept 07 – Dresden, Germany – Schlachthof
Sept 09 – Feldkirch, Austria – Montforthaus
Sept 10 – Augst, Switzerland – Augusta Raurica
Sept 11 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Sept 13 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot
Sept 14 – Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
Sept 15 – Paris, FR – La Cigale
Sept 16 – Munich, Germany – Mufathalle
Sept 18 – Mainz, Germany – Halle 45
Sept 20 – Essen, Germany – Lichtburg
Sept 21 – Berlin, Germany – Colombiahalle
Sept 22 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
Sept 24 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria
Sept 25 – Mannheim, Germany – Rosengarten
Sept 26 – Stuttgart, Germany – Theaterhaus T1
Sept 28 – Hannover, Germany – Theater am Aegi
Sept 29 – Hamburg, Germany – Laeiszhalle
Sept 30 – Magdeburg, Germany – Stadthalle

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