REVIEW: Mike And The Mechanics, Portsmouth Guildhall

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With Mike And The Mechanics, it’s very much a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The band have been making music for more than 20 years and, although some of the parts may have been changed, the engine sounds as sweet as ever.

Still in the driving seat is Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford and his distinctive sound. But these days he’s complemented by two vocalists - the soulful Andrew Roachford (who also plays a mean keyboard) and the powerful rock voice of Tim Howar.

From the all-action All I Need Is A Miracle to the reflective Living Years and Another Cup Of Coffee, via Genesis hits Turn It On and I Can’t Dance and Roachford’s Cuddly Toy, they got the Guildhall audience out of their seats and clapping and swaying along.

On the last night of their UK tour, the band were clearly in celebratory mood.

An encore of Over My Shoulder and then the roof-raising singalong Word Of Mouth was a perfect way to end a two-hour masterclass of musicianship.

On the last night of their UK tour, the band were clearly in celebratory mood.