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Review: Perfectly Mike + the Mechanics

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Photo via Radio Gdansk

This review excerpt originally appeared as “Perfekcyjni Mike & The Mechanics” on July 26, 2016 on the Radio Gdańsk website. Translation by Martin M. for MR Net.

Mike & the Mechanics played great technically. The two singers had a great connection with the audience. People’s hands rose up and the amphitheatre was filled people chanting in unison. Still, I thought it lacked a certain touch. I have to say that the performance, while musically impeccable, was precise but not elating. At the same time, I have to repeat that Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar were a revelation.

Howar, the former leader of Van Tramp, deserves special credit. My rating might be biased by a speech in which he said how he ended up playing with Mike Rutherford (his idol) by coincidence. Carrying Genesis classics, works created by Rutherford, is a big challenge and I think Howar pulled it off and not as an imitator, but as someone confident in his artistic ability. It’s funny how a group that has had so many hits played Genesis songs, like a slight taunt, but the audience received those performances warmly.

  • You can find a full gallery of photos from the festival on the Radio Gdańsk website.

 

 

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Review: Mike + the Mechanics – Festiwal Legend Rocka

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Photo by Krzysztof Piotrkowski via GP24.pl

This review excerpt originally appeared in “X Festiwal Legend Rocka: część druga, nie ostatnia” on July 26, 2016 on the Głos Pomorza website. Review by Krzysztof Nałęcz, translation by Zofia P for MR Net.

The other star of tonight’s show was […] Mike + the Mechanics. Mike is of course Mike Rutherford, guitarist, leader and a founding member of the band Genesis. Mike + the Mechanics is quite a strange case, because apart from those who are really music-savvy, not everybody knows the band too well. But everybody knows their songs upon hearing them, many of which made it to the hit lists of the 80s. Silent Running, Another Cup of Coffee, All I Need Is a Miracle, The Living Years and Over My Shoulder are all well recognizable. And we had a chance to hear all of them in the Charlotta Valley. Rutherford was both the guitarist and the bassist in Genesis (the famous double-necked guitar!) and he was also engaged in the arrangement of most of their songs. He is a very detail-oriented musician, and so we enjoyed a very rich-sounding show, and the six members of the band were spontaneous and lively, making the audience go wild as well.

Responsible for the success of the first Mike + The Mechanics albums were the vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young (who has since passed away). Their duty is now carried on by Tim Howar (who is also a theatrical and musical actor ) and Andrew Roachford, who has an amazing, strong voice, and who also plays the keyboards. Of course, the absolute leader is Mike Rutherford, who knows very well what the audience wants in order to have a great time. That’s why the set list of Mike + The Mechanics has also been filled in with Genesis songs from their pop era like I Can’t Dance and Land of Confusion,  the flagship productions of the music and music video revolution of the 80s. In excellent spirits, the audience (filling well over half of the 10 thousand seats in the theatre) stayed until the end of Monday’s show, that is until midnight.

Set list:

Get Up
Another Cup of Coffee
Beggar on a Beach of Gold
Silent Running
Are You Ready
Try to Save Me
Land of Confusion
Let Me Fly
Cuddly Toy
I Can’t Dance
The Living Years
All I Need is a Miracle

Enc:
Over My Shoulder
Word of Mouth

  • For photos and videos from the performance, you can check out the GP24.pl website.
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FL1 LIFE Festival, Wintershall and the British Grand Prix

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Photo via FL1 LIFE

The summer is carrying on quickly, and the month of July started out with a bang for the Mechanics who “worked the crowd up to a fever pitch” at the FL1 LIFE Festival in Liechtenstein (Vaterland).

Many thanks to Dominik Konrad Photography for letting us upload his photos from the event. You can find more photos from the festival on the FL1 LIFE Facebook page.

The next day the band made their way back to England to Wintershall, where they performed alongside Roger Taylor, Jeff Beck, The Darkness and others in support of HASTE and the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund in what reviewer Chaz Brooks called a “memorable show”, crediting the “superb vocalists” Tim and Andrew.

You can watch a video of the band performing Silent Running at Wintershall below. Thank you to YouTube user clangers234 for uploading it.

This past weekend then saw the band giving a performance at this year’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It was obvious from the band’s official Twitter alone that they had a smashing time, though it would be difficult not to in that setting! Silverstone shared a couple of photos from the day as well:

Next up this month is the Rock Legend Festival with Marillion in Poland on the 25th, and we will be back then to hopefully share some more photos and videos!