Mike Rutherford was a founding member of one of the most successful groups of all time, Genesis. Not content with that, he formed Mike + The Mechanics in 1984, creating a side project that would go on to sell more than 10 million records worldwide.
After the death of original vocalist Paul Young and the departure of co-vocalist Paul Carrack, Mike said that his Mechanics had run their course and embarked on a massive world Genesis reunion tour. But, not content again, he’s reformed Mike + The Mechanics with a new line-up a new album and a new tour, which comes to Portsmouth next week.
This time round, Mike’s mechanics are Andrew (Cuddly Toy) Roachford and Tim (Tonight’s The Night) Howar.
Both co-writing and taking to the mic on the new album, Roachford is one of the most successful UK R ‘n’ B acts of the 1990s. Breaking into the UK music scene in his early twenties, he stormed the UK Charts with Cuddly Toy, Only To Be With You and The Way That I Feel.
A prolific songwriter, he will also be performing some of his own material alongside Mechanics new material and old hits like The Living Years and Over My Shoulder.
The singer will also be returning to Portsmouth for a solo show at the Wedgewood Rooms in October.
But, sharing the vocal duties at next week’s Mechanics gig is Tim Howar, Canadian actor/singer and Vantramp frontman who has supporting the likes of Rod Stewart, Paolo Nutini, the Sugababes and Newton Faulkner and starred on Broadway and the West End as Rod Stewart in the Ben Elton penned musical Tonight’s The Night.
Support on the tour comes from fast-rising singer-songwriter Scarlette Fever. Her single, Black & White, was released last week and co-written with Alex Smith from Metrophonic (James Morrison) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (Snow Patrol).
Guitarist and songwriter Mike, previously told The Guide: ‘With The Mechanics , there’s a lot of material to chose from. Seven albums. It’s a big back catalogue. We’ll do a Genesis medley with songs like I Can’t Dance and we’ll do a couple of Genesis songs that sit right and a couple of Andrew’s. I’m really excited about it.’
Tickets cost £35 or £40 from (023) 9282 4355 or portsmouthguildhall.co.uk.