Mike + The Mechanics Enlists Nic Collins For Drums on 2023 Tour

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Andrew Roachford, Mike Rutherford and Tim Howar

Mike + The Mechanics have announced that Phil Collins’ son, drummer Nic Collins, will be joining their “Refueled!” 2023 tour of the U.K. and Germany. The band, led by Genesis founding member, Mike Rutherford, with perform all their hits and “a drop of Genesis.” The run of 34 U.K. concerts will take place in April/May and include a performance at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. They’ll be followed by many dates in Germany in June. Collins was the drummer on Genesis’ 2021-2022 reunion tour.

Also joining Rutherford (guitar) are longtime members Andrew Roachford (lead vocals, backing vocals and keyboards) and Canadian-born singer Tim Howar (lead vocals and backing vocals), who has appeared in the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End. The pair share vocal duties adding a soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound. Gary Wallis, the band’s regular drummer for 30+ years, won’t be available.

Mike Rutherford and Nic Collins during Genesis’ 2022 reunion tour

In the Sept. 27 announcement about Collins, Rutherford said: “We’re delighted to have Nic join us for the tour, he has proven over the past five years what a versatile and tremendous drummer he really is, so to have him with us on the road next year is going to be a real treat. Gary Wallis has always been the drummer for Mike + The Mechanics and will continue to be so, it is unfortunate he is not available for this particular tour.”

Collins added: “Playing with Mike over the last couple of years has been a real treat so I’m excited to continue sharing the stage with him along with the other Mechanics members. I feel privileged to be stepping in for Gary Wallis who’s been with the band for 30+ years. Yet another big pair of shoes to fill!”

Watch Nic Collins perform with Genesis in 2022

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The “Refueled!” tour will include tracks from their most recent Top 10 album Out of the Blue. Their ninth album featured re-workings of some of the band’s best loved tracks, including “The Living Years” and “Over My Shoulder.” Mike + The Mechanics have sold over ten million records worldwide.

Mike & the Mechanics 2023 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

U.K.
Apr 12 – Barbican, York
Apr 13 – Globe, Stockton
Apr 15 – Music Hall, Aberdeen
Apr 16 – Concert Hall, Perth
Apr 18 – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Apr 19 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Apr 20 – Sage, Gateshead
Apr 22 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Apr 23 – Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Apr 24 – Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Apr 26 – Sands Centre, Carlisle
Apr 27 – City Hall, Sheffield
Apr 28 – Opera House, Buxton
Apr 30 – Derngate, Northampton
May 01 – Bridgewater, Manchester
May 02 – City Hall, Hull
May 04 – Forum, Bath
May 05 – Anvil, Basingstoke
May 07 – Pavilion, Bournemouth
May 08 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
May 10 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
May 11 – Arena, Swansea
May 12 – Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
May 14 – Pavilions, Plymouth
May 16 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
May 17 – New Theatre, Oxford
May 18 – Royal Albert Hall, London
May 20 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
May 21 – Theatre, Milton Keynes
May 22 – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
May 24 – G Live, Guildford
May 25 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
May 26 – Hexagon, Reading
May 28 – Guildhall, Portsmouth

Germany
May 31 – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
Jun 02 – Tempodrom, Berlin
Jun 03 – Peissnitzinsel, Halle (Saale)
Jun 04 – Stadtpark, Hamburg
Jun 06 – Liederhalle Beethovensaal, Stuttgart
Jun 07 – Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf

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  1. nenadnenoamanovic
    #1 nenadnenoamanovic 28 September, 2022, 04:08

    nice soft muzic and group muzician is fantastic.love this.

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