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Andrew Roachford solo tour dates for Autumn 2017

Andrew Roachford has announced a series of UK tour dates for the end of the year, beginning in October. Tickets are available through the links below or for more information visit roachford.co.uk.

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OCTOBER

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 Friday
Atkinson Theatre
14
Saturday
Musician
20
Friday
O2 Academy3
21
Saturday
O2 Academy2
27
Friday
The Brook
28
Saturday
Gateway Theatre

NOVEMBER

2  Thursday Live Rooms CHESTER
3  Friday Library Theatre DARWEN
4  Saturday The Venue SELBY
10  Friday O2 Academy2 NEWCASTLE
11  Saturday Oran Mor GLASGOW
12  Sunday The Assembly ABERDEEN
17  Friday Fruit HULL
18  Saturday Waterfront Studio NORWICH
19  Sunday Con Club LEWES
24  Friday St. John’s Church FARNCOMBE
25  Saturday O2 Academy Islington LONDON

DECEMBER

1  Friday Academy 3 MANCHESTER
2  Saturday Esquires BEDFORD
7  Thursday Villa Marina ISLE OF MAN
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Mike + The Mechanics announced as part of line-up for The 80s Cruise 2018

83754Mike + The Mechanics will be taking part in 2018’s 80s Cruise, hosted by Rick Springfield. Other confirmed acts include Loverboy, ex-Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm, and The Tubes.

The cruise will run from March 17-March 24 2018, departing from  Ft. Lauderdale, FL on March 17  and calling at Nassau, the Bahamas; St. Thomas; Tortola in the British Virgin Islands; and CocoCay in the Bahamas before returning to port on March 24.

In addition to concerts, the cruise will feature themed parties, autograph and Q&A sessions, a celebrity poker tournament, and more.

For more information and for bookings, please visit the 80s Cruise website.

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Series: Collecting the Mechanics Part 2: Live Recordings

A new year, and a new installment of our series on Collecting the Mechanics. This month, Alan Hewitt takes us through the Mechanics’ touring history with a selection of standout audio and video recordings. Where possible, we have tried to add links to clips from the videos that are mentioned.

Words and photos by Alan Hewitt of The Waiting Room.

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From L to R: Zurich 1989 (photo by G Truffer), Manchester 1995 (photo by J Guntrip), Schaan 2016 (photo by D Konrad)

Continuing the look at the various aspects of collecting which are associated with the band, we now look at the various live and studio performances which the band have made over the years. As you may imagine, this is perhaps one of the most fertile areas of endeavour for a collector and what follows is by no means an exhaustive listing of the material that is available in this field, but more of a taster to whet your appetites, if you will. So, here, tour by tour and album by album is a look at some of this fascinating material…

Continue reading Series: Collecting the Mechanics Part 2: Live Recordings

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Series: Collecting the Mechanics Part 1: The Singles

Here at MR Net, it is always our pleasure to get to feature articles and reviews from other fans. Over the coming months we will be sharing a short series of features on the collecting aspect of fandom.

Words and photos by Alan Hewitt of The Waiting Room.

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Another Cup Of Coffee/The Living Years-How Long-Every Day Hurts (Medley) UK single with art box (1995)

Fans are a peculiar lot, aren’t they?  Whatever you are a fan of, there are so many areas in which you can exercise your desire to be the ultimate anorak.  If you are a music fan, then there are perhaps even more than average opportunities for anorak-y behaviour and these features will demonstrate a couple of those for you here.

Fans of the Mechanics have had no shortage of interesting bits and pieces to collect over the years, not least in terms of singles, and I will place the emphasis here on the UK output by the band simply because I have never collected overseas variants of releases,  mainly because they have never (with one exception which is included here for completeness’ sake) contained any material which has not been available in the UK and although they are often housed in very attractive sleeves, it is the music that matters here at TWR HQ.

Continue reading Series: Collecting the Mechanics Part 1: The Singles

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Review: Mike + the Mechanics in Zoetermeer

At the weekend, fan Bryan Daniels was on the scene in Zoetermeer for the final show of the Mechanics’ 2016 European tour. Here is his perspective on the show that marked the six year anniversary of the band’s first performance together.

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Tim and Mike in Zoetermeer

Text and photos by Bryan Daniels

On Sunday I decided on a whim to go on a 1,000 mile round trip to Zoetermeer, to catch the last show on The Mechanics’ European tour. It could have been easier a week before, but I was prevented from getting to the German gigs, so this was the only chance.

My charming companion on the trip is an experienced Mechanics-hunter and knows when and where the guys were likely to be during the build-up to the gig. Useful for photos and autographs! Since the guys had partied the night before to see in Mike’s 66th birthday, they looked a bit the worse for wear in the afternoon.

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Bryan with Andrew

Luke and Tim were bleary-eyed but very talkative, Anto and Andrew were a little monosyllabic. Mike had other obligations and showed up a lot later, and when he did, was in a hurry to get into the venue. But he promised to come out again, and true to his word, gave a few autographs and chatted with the fans. Among other things, he revealed his true height (ed. note: 6’3, or 191cm!)

The concert itself was brilliant. Anyone who expects a Genesis replacement at a Mechanics gig will be disappointed, but there are plenty of Genesis cover bands, so no-one should go without. What Mike + the Mechanics offer is tightly-played, quality pop. And fun. No, make that FUN. Musically, they gel better and better from year to year. Mike is getting more relaxed every year, and to my untrained ear, he seems to subtly overhaul his guitar parts in between tours, to give the old standards a new feel. The set list is a matter of record, but it’s shown below for those living in the dark ages.

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They began with Get Up, allowing Tim to get the crowd going. There are quite a few reasons I love this venue; it’s very compact, wherever you are, the stage isn’t far. (Front row is anyway hard to top, and that is what we had). It’s all standing (as were all the European venues, according to Luke) so the bouncing is a given from the word go. The crowd is very knowledgeable, there aren’t really any casual fans who come by chance, so the level of audience participation is great. Another Cup of Coffee gave Tim a showcase for his softer vocals (normally Andrew’s domain) but it was easy to see what a great front man he is, as he made eye contact with one lady after another, leaving each feeling they’d been personally drawn into the show.

The hits were better than ever and the two newer songs “Are You Ready” and the title track of the next album “Let Me Fly” seem to bode well for the newer material. My companion had already speculated “I bet [Tim] composed his new vocal song” and she was bang on. Tim said after the gig that he and Mike had co-composed “Are You Ready” with Clark Datchler. It sounds lyrically deeper than anything on The Road and it was clear that Tim enjoys being a part of the song’s origin. He took on a new empathy with the lyrics, which he probably can’t do so easily when he’s covering the material of the two Pauls.

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Andrew’s new track “Let Me Fly” stood up to the old grey whistle test too. Mike was serenaded with “Happy Birthday” more than once and he shared the fact that the band’s rebirth started with a gig exactly six years earlier. The set list seems quite short, but they played almost 2 hours, and no-one can complain about not getting value for their 38 Euros. On a personal note, I got autographs of the whole band, photos with most, Mike personally gave me his own plectrum from the stage, and the printed set list, which was stuck on the stage, also disappeared in my pocket. So I left Holland well happy at having made the decision to hit Boerderij at the last minute.

Set list:

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

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Ben McKelvey to support Mike + the Mechanics for their 2017 UK tour

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Ben McKelvey – photo by Sam J Bond

Mike + the Mechanics announced on their official Facebook page this morning that their support for the 2017 Word of Mouth tour will be singer and songwriter Ben McKelvey.

Ben started his career as a drummer in a punk band, but turned his talents to the guitar and to songwriting when the band eventually went their separate ways in 2010. He has listed some of his songwriting influences as being Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Mark Everett of Eels (source).

Most recently Ben has been on the road supporting Wet, Wet, Wet on their Big Picture Tour, and will be supporting The Overtones come November. You can find more information on his website, http://www.bmckmusic.co.uk/.

Ben’s debut solo album Life & Love in England was released in February of this year, and is available for purchase and streaming on iTunes and Spotify.

Tickets for the Mechanics’ Word of Mouth tour can be purchased via Ticketline.

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German Mini-Tour 2016 and Album News

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Mike on stage in Frankfurt. Photo by Sven-Sebastian Sajak.

Mike + the Mechanics’ mini tour of Germany has seemingly been off to a great start with shows in Munich and Frankfurt. Reviews have been published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau (both links in German).

Photos from Frankfurt can be found on the Frankfurter Neue Presse website.

In the most exciting news, Mike announced on stage in Frankfurt that a new Mechanics album titled ‘Let Me Fly’ should be coming out next January. No more official information is available at this time, but we will keep you updated. The band played the title track as well as another new song, ‘Are You Ready’, at both shows.

Tickets for some of the remaining shows are still available, and can be purchased here. The band will also be playing in Zoetermeer in the Netherlands on October 2nd, and you can find tickets for that show here.

24 September Saturday Leipzig
25 September Sunday Berlin
26 September Monday Hamburg
28 September Wednesday Bremen
29 September Thursday Bielefeld
30 September Friday Cologne
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Ringsted Festival and Osfest

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Mike + the Mechanics at the 2016 Ringsted Festival. Photo: Jens Wollesen via SN.dk

The band started the month off with a couple of festival performances in Denmark and Norway. First up was the Ringsted Festival on the 4th of August, videos from which can be seen below.

Danish website SN.dk have uploaded a large selection of really nice photos from the festival, taken by Jens Wollesen. You can also find a number of photos on radio station Partyzone’s Facebook site.

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Mike + the Mechanics at Osfest. Photo: Andris Hamre via Midtsiden

On Saturday the 6th, the band performed at Osfest in Osøyri, Norway. According to the paper Midtsiden, the show went very well despite some organisational issues around festival promotion. You can see the article (in Norwegian) and find more photos on the Midtsiden website, who were also responsible for uploading the video below (the Mechanics appear at around the 3:48 mark).

If you’ve missed the chance to see the Mechanics at one of their festival dates this summer, never fear, you still have the chance to see them in September if you’re in or near Germany. Go here to find more information about tickets.

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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.