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Article: Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford to return to Guildford for charity rock concert

Mike was interviewed for Get Surrey ahead of Mike + the Mechanics’ appearance as a part of the Wintershall Charity Rock Concert. Article by Georgina Townshend.

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Lead guitarist of Genesis and rock phenomenon Mike Rutherford will return to his home town of Guildford for a charity rock concert next month.

The music icon will play at the Wintershall Charity Rock Concert, in the grounds of the Wintershall Estate in the Surrey Hills, on Saturday July 2.

Mr Rutherford, along with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Anthony Phillips, founded Genesis 48 years ago when he was at Charterhouse public school in Godalming. The band has sold 150 million albums and their farewell gig at the Circus Maximus in Rome in 2007 attracted a crowd of 500,000.

In the meantime, Mike + the Mechanics, who he will be playing with at the concert, was set up in 1985 as a ‘bit of fun’, and has sold more than 10 million records.“There’s a nice history to the concert, which will be the sixth event in around 30 years,” he said. “It’s a nice local event, that raises a lot of money on the day in a special setting.”

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