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RUTHERFORED, MICHAEL.

2 October 1950, Guildford, Surrey, G.B.. While working in Genesis, guitarist- bassist Michael Rutherford has had a solo career broken into two distinct phases. SMALLCREEP'S DAY ('80) was a concept album based on Peter C. Brown's novel, featuring:

vocalist Noel McCalla, formerly with Moon who made two Epic albums in 1976-77,
small Anthony Phillips: keyboards and
Simon Phillips on drums (he played with Mick Jagger, Mike Oldfield, Pete Townshend, John Wetton and later on in Toto).

With the beautiful At the End of the Day.
But neither that nor the follow-up were commercially successful. ACTING VERY STRANGE is a more rock-oriented album with Daryll Stuermer and the Police-man Stewart Copeland. Rutherford resumed his solo activity in 1985, under the name:

Mike And The Mechanics.

News new album + tour, read more here.

He had two new songwriting partners-producer:

Chris Neil and former hit-maker
B.A. Robertson. The group also had twin lead vocalists in
Paul Carrack (ex- Ace and Squeeze) and
Paul Young from Sad Cafe, he died 15 July 2000, (sang in the Mandalaband too,
Adrian Lee - keyboards,
Luis Jardim - percussion and
Peter van Hooke - drums (he worked with van Morisson, Tanika Tikaram, Mo Foster).

The new formation created two US hit singles, "Silent Running" and "All I Need Is A Miracle" and a million-selling album. The same line-up was retained for LIVING YEARS, whose title track was both an international best seller and an Ivor Novello award winner. Co-written by Rutherford and Robertson it was strongly autobiographical in its theme of the death of a parent. During the late '80s and '90s, the group was also a touring band, with the addition of Peter Van Hooke (drums) and Adrian Lee (bass). WORLD OF MOUTH ('91):

Pino Paladino,
world of Mike Rutherford - bass,
Peter Van Hooke -drums,
Tim Renwick,
Mike Rutherford - guitar,
Paul Carrack - vocals and keyboards,
Adrian Lee,
Steve Piggot,
Ian Wherry - keyboards,
Phil Todd - sax,
Martin Ditcham - percussion,
Background Vocals - The London Community Gospel Choir

During a charity concert (Cowdaray Ruin Concert '93) Michael stayed on the stage while the rest of Genesis left the podium and he played with Pink Floyd.
BEACH OF GOLD ('95):

Paul,
Paul,
Peter,
Adrian,
Andy Newmark - drum,
B.A.Robertson- keys,
Clem Thompson -guitar,
Gary Wallis - keyboards,
Tessa Niles &
Katie Kissoon - backing vocals.

M6 ('99); Paul, Paul and Mike himselve.

 

Rewired (CD (+ DVD))(June 2004).
Paul Carrack is now the sole lead singer alongside co-writer Mike Rutherford and BA Robertson.
Will Bates (who co-wrote two of the tracks on this album) is a family friend of Steve's and his first recorded performance was on Hackett's 'Genesis Revisited' album.
This release includes a bonus DVD (All Region/PAL) with 9 videos each an animated interpretation of the accompanying track.
A more pop and techno oriented album then symfo-minded.

Paul Carrack : Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Mike Rutherford : Guitar, Bass, Programming
Robbie Macintosh : Guitar
Ian Thomas : Drums
Neil Wilkinson : Drums
Peter Van Hooke : Drums
Programming : Will Bates, Rupert Cobb, Ashley Clarke

It's official: Mike + The Mechanics will return with a brand new album in 2011. The album The Road features two news singers - Andrew Roachford, who is well knows for his own career and Tim Howar, a Canadian singer and actor, who also has his own band called van Tramp. The new line-up will also go on the road in 2011 - the tour is called Hit The Road Tour.


Band line-up

Mike Rutherford (acoustic and electric guitars, bass)
Tim Howar (vocals)
Andrew Roachford (keyboards, vocals)
Gary Wallis (drums)
Anthony Drennan (Guitars, Bass)(who toured with Genesis on the Calling All Stations tour)

Tour dates 2011.



Mike & the Mechanics live 2010.

 

Session:

Anthony Phillips,
Steve Hackett,
Mitch Malloy (Calling & Walls '94, with Tim Renwick),
and he's mentioned on the inlay of the Greatest Show on Earth.

Highclere Castle, Newbury, Berkshire, 20 May 2006 with Gary Brooker, the band is called "du Lac". With Paul Carrack on vocals and Hammond organ (the second Floyd connection), Geoff Whitehorn on lead guitar and Jodi Linscott on percussion (the third Floyd connection - percussion on About Face tour).
That night also appeared; Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Eric Clapton, Roger Taylor, Bryan Ferry among others.
See Brain Damage for a full report.

 

He was the support act of the Phil Collins European tour in 2004.

 

An interview from Progressive World.Net.

 

IndexSymfo-Index.

 

Updated 04-07-2004 by Nick.
Shine On!