Mike & the Mechanics: New LP; Tour with Phil Collins

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It’s not the Genesis reunion that fans have hoped for since 2007, but two of the band’s three members – Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins – will tour together for six shows in June. Mike + The Mechanics have released Out of the Blue, their ninth studio album, which includes newly recorded acoustic versions of many of their well known songs. (Listen to several tracks below.)

The concerts will have Rutherford’s longtime “side project” opening for Collins for six European dates. These follow an extensive Mike + The Mechanics tour that’s already underway. (See the schedule below.)

[The Mechanics last opened for Collins on June 30, 2017, at London’s Hyde Park.]

The album, notes a press release, “captures the evolution of some of the band’s most loved hits throughout their 35-year career, as well as introducing fans to three brand new tracks.”

The April 5 release features six “as-live” acoustic versions of “Don’t Know What Came Over Me,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” “The Living Years,” “Beggar on a Beach of Gold,” “Another Cup of Coffee” and “Over My Shoulder.”

Listen to the new acoustic version of “The Living Years”

Tim Howar, Mike Rutherford and Andrew Roachford

Rutherford says, “Having toured with the Mechanics over the last 10 years, I have heard the old songs change a bit each year with Andrew [Roachford] and Tim [Howar] singing and the same band playing. In some cases they have been extended and developed – so it seemed a good idea to record these versions in the studio.

“Anyone who has seen us live will I’m sure like to hear the old ones in this form as they show how the two singers work so well together. Especially on a song like ‘Get Up’ which has become a double lead vocal.

“Recording the unplugged version was like in the old days – down the stairs into a basement studio not fifty yards away from Trident Studios where we recorded Genesis’ second and third albums.

“We recorded these live and Tim and Andrew led the songs with great vocal performances, and we mixed it as we recorded it – like in the past. No wonder albums took a maximum of three weeks to complete then!”

Related: Our interview with Mike Rutherford

Watch the video for a new track, “Out of the Blue”

Mike + The Mechanics formed in 1985 as a side project and originally featured Paul Young of Sad Café and Paul Carrack of Ace as frontmen. Together, they achieved huge commercial success throughout the ’80s and ’90s.

The band enjoyed a run of hits including “Silent Running,” “Over My Shoulder,” “All I Need Is a Miracle” and the #1 hit, “The Living Years.” After Paul Young’s sudden death in 2000, the band released one further album before deciding to call it a day. Rutherford went on to perform a series of sold-out concerts with a reformed Genesis in 2007, before turning his attention once more to songwriting.

Watch Genesis turn it on again during their 2007 reunion

Despite never expecting to start work with the Mechanics again, songs started to take shape and Rutherford invited singers Roachford and Howar to work on the material with him. Together, the new line-up of Mike + The Mechanics released The Road in 2011 and enjoyed success on a tour across the U.K. and Ireland. Following tours through the U.K. and Europe, in 2017 they released a new studio album Let Me Fly, their first in six years.

With Gary Wallis on drums, Anthony Drennan on guitar and Luke Juby on keyboards alongside Mike, Andrew and Tim, the Mechanics played a U.S. tour in 2018.

Mike + The Mechanics 2019 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Apr 05 – Congress Theatre – Eastbourne, UK
Apr 07 – Milton Keynes Theatre – Milton Keynes, UK
Apr 08 – Hippodrome – Bristol, UK
Apr 09 – City Hall – Salisbury, UK
Apr 11 – Kulturpalast – Dresden, Germany
Apr 12 – Admiralspalast – Berlin, Germany
Apr 13 – Tonhalle – Dusseldorf, Germany
Apr 15 – Liederhalle Hegelsaal – Stuttgart, Germany
Apr 17 – Muffathalle – Munich, Germany
Apr 18 – Handelhalle – Halle, Germany
Apr 19 – Cultuurpodium Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Apr 22 – Laeiszhalle – Hamburg, Germany
Apr 23 – Posten – Odense, Denmark
Apr 24 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 26 – Pustervik – Gothenburg, Sweden
Apr 28 – Berns – Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 29 – Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway

Phil Collins, Mike + The Mechanics Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Jun 02 – Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion
Jun 04 – Lyon, France – Groupama Stadium
Jun 05 – Stutgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Jun 07 – Berlin, Germany – Olympiasadion
Jun 08 – Aarhus, Denmark – Ceres Park
Jun 10 – Bergen, Norway – Bergenhus Festning

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