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Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins in Berlin, Germany on June 7, 2019

It wasn’t the Genesis reunion that fans have hoped for since 2007, but two of the band’s three members – Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins – shared the stage on Friday night, June 7. (They toured together for six shows this month.)

The concerts feature Rutherford’s longtime “side project” opening for Collins for six European dates. [The Mechanics last opened for Collins on June 30, 2017, at London’s Hyde Park but an on-stage reunion never took place, despite the ideal setting.]

On June 7 at Olympiasadion in Berlin, Germany, the timing was right. Six songs into Collins’ set, and after the first performance of a Genesis number (“Throwing it All Away”), his longtime bandmate strode on stage to join his pal on Genesis’ “Follow You, Follow Me.”

They were both seated as clips of Genesis appeared on the screen behind them.

Watch their performance

The following night – June 8 in Denmark – the pair chose not to recreate the magic.

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.

Rutherford’s new 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.

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

Phil Collins Dates

Jun 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Friends Arena
Jun 14 – Hannover, Germany – HDI Arena
Jun 15 – Hannover, Germany – HDI Arena
Jun 17 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
Jun 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Stadion Letzigrund
Jun 20 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Goffertpark
Jun 21 – Cologne, Germany – Rheinenergiestadion
Jun 22 – Cologne, Germany – Rheinenergiestadion
Jun 24 – Munich, Germany – Olympiasadion
Jun 25 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Jun 26 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy

Sep 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Sep 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sep 26 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sep 28 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center
Sep 29 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
Oct 01 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Oct 02 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Oct 04 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Oct 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct 07 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct 09 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Oct 11 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
Oct 13 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct 17 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Oct 19 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

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  1. InIrons
    #1 InIrons 10 June, 2019, 11:17

    I think a Genesis tour as an unplugged would work well.

    Genesis when first together all sat ( the musicians did except for Gabriel) as seen on video, pictures and their first genesis live album cover. Let Nicholas play Phil’s drum parts, Chester and Nick can do the drum battle… just a new reincarnation of Genesis Live.

    Fans would love it

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