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Article: Mike Rutherford: Ignorance about diabetes is rife

Mike recently spoke with the Daily Express about his family’s experience with Type 1 diabetes. Interview by Jane Symons.

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Photo by Nick Cunard

Amid the constant kaleidoscope of headlines warning of a diabetes epidemic and the ongoing debate around the sugar tax it’s easy to forget that there are two quite different forms of the condition – and that’s a worry for the families of thousands of children who are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every year.

Genetics play a part in both forms of the condition which causes blood sugar levels to become too high and can seriously damage the body’s organs, so it would be wrong to blame anyone for developing diabetes. But it can feel particularly unfair when it comes to those with Type 1 as, unlike Type 2, obesity and unhealthy habits such as lack of exercise are not risk factors. However ignorance is rife, as Mike Rutherford, a founding member of Genesis, knows all too well.

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For further information, and to support diabetes research, you can visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/ in the UK, http://www.diabetes.org/ in the US, and http://www.diabetes.ca/ in Canada.

Categories articles

Article: “Genesis? We’re all still here, anything is possible”

This article originally appeared in La Stampa as “Rutherford: ‘I Genesis? Siamo ancora tutti qui, ogni progetto è possibile'” on 29 May 2015. Interview by Marco Zatterin, translation from Italian by MR Net.

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Mike Rutherford leads the way to the dressing room, a small room with two chairs, in the immense labyrinthine back room of Brussels’ Cirque Royal. The rest of the Mechanics are in another room across the hall, eating, laughing. Singing. The drummer, who has played with Pink Floyd, is lying down on the couch, looking more dead than alive.

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Categories promotions

The Art of Taylor Rae Hillestad

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Some of you in the Genesis and Yes communities may already be familiar with the artwork of Taylor Rae Hillestad. If you are not, I would like to take this moment to enthusiastically promote her work!

Taylor’s portraits have such a great style, characterised by her use of bold and bright colours. Her subjects have included members of Genesis, Yes, Hall & Oates and Styx, and have been admired by many of them as well, including Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Steve Howe and, most recently, the man above!

You can find more of Taylor’s art and check out her shop by visiting her website, or following her on Facebook and Twitter.

Categories tours

Mike + the Mechanics announce Word of Mouth UK Tour Dates for 2017

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The band have announced a thirty date UK tour for February and March of 2017. For more information and tickets, you can check out the official website.

FEBRUARY

14
Tuesday
Opera House
BUXTON
15
Wednesday
Sage
GATESHEAD
17
Friday
Barbican
YORK
19
Sunday
Sands Centre
CARLISLE
20
Monday
Venue Cmyru
LLANDUDNO
21
Tuesday
Philharmonic Hall
LIVERPOOL
23
Thursday
De Montfort Hall
LEICESTER
24
Friday
Royal Centre
NOTTINGHAM
25
Saturday
Symphony Hall
BIRMINGHAM
27
Monday
Victoria Hall
HANLEY
28
Tuesday
G Live
GUILDFORD

 

MARCH

1
Wednesday
Colston Hall
BRISTOL
3
Friday
Pavilions
PLYMOUTH
4
Saturday
St David’s Hall
CARDIFF
5
Sunday
New Theatre
OXFORD
7
Tuesday
Hexagon
READING
8
Wednesday
Corn Exchange
CAMBRIDGE
9
Thursday
Regent Theatre
IPSWICH
11
Saturday
Cliffs Pavilion
SOUTHEND
13
Monday
Dome
BRIGHTON
15
Wednesday
Bridgewater Hall
MANCHESTER
17
Friday
Concert Hall
PERTH
18
Saturday
His Majesty’s
ABERDEEN
19
Sunday
Festival Theatre
EDINBURGH
21
Tuesday
Royal Concert Hall
GLASGOW
22
Wednesday
City Hall
SHEFFIELD
24
Friday
Pavilion
BOURNEMOUTH
25
Saturday
Guildhall
PORTSMOUTH
26
Sunday
Royal Albert Hall
LONDON
28
Tuesday
City Hall
SALISBURY
Categories VIDEOS

Video: Mike and Professor Noel Fitzpatrick talk about ONE LIVE 2015

Mike talks with Professor Noel Fitzpatrick about the upcoming inaugural ONE LIVE Festival in support of The Humanimal Trust, “the first UK charity set up to advance the conversation about uniting and moving animal and human healthcare forward through shared ideas, shared technology and integrated research.”

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Follow these links to learn more about ONE LIVE, the Humanimal Trust and Professor Fitzpatrick’s incredible work.

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Photos: The Retro Festival 2015

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Photo by Marc Gilgen, via Facebook

Mike + the Mechanics appeared at Lucerne’s Retro Festival on the 23rd of May, 2015 and the organisers have shared a number of photos and a video from the night.

You can find more of Marc’s photos on the Retro Festival website.

Fan Silvy from Switzerland has also very kindly shared with us her photos from the event. Thank you, Silvy!

Categories articles

Article: Mike Rutherford: Back in the Shop with the Mechanics

Mike talks equipment with Premier Guitar. Interview by Joe Charupakorn.

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Guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford was a founding member of Genesis, a band that’s sold 130 million albums over the course of a career spanning nearly half a century. But for some Rutherford fans, that accomplishment is rivaled by the legacy of “The Living Years,” a 1988 song by Rutherford’s side project Mike + the Mechanics. It was a tearjerker mega-hit, a father/son song sad enough to turn a stone-cold bastard into a sobbing mess.

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