The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir by Mike RutherfordThe story of Genesis is the rock legend of how a humble schoolboy band grew into a group of global superstars. At its center stood Mike Rutherford, driving the music from pioneering prog rock to chart-topping hits. Now for the first time, he tells the remarkable inside story of Genesis and his own band, Mike + The Mechanics.
Against the rhythm of drink, drugs, and lineup changes, Mikes father, a World War II naval officer, always stood in the background. He would watch Genesis grow, supporting them from the very beginning when they toured Britain in the back of a bread van. Through extreme highs and lows, loyal Captain Rutherford was always there, earplugs at the ready.
But when his father suddenly died, Mike was forced to reexamine their relationship and only then began to understand how much their lives had overlapped. The Living Years is a revealing memoir of the relationship between father and son and the story of how music, families, and friendship combine.
Mike & The Mechanics announce 34-date UK tour
Since , Mechanics became a brand in their own, releasing seven albums, selling more than 10 million records, launching many hit singles and touring worldwide with a two frontmen led band. The sudden death of one of the original singers, Paul Young, needed a period of adjustment but, after one experimental album with Paul Carrack as the only vocalist, Rutherford changed the face to the band recruiting two new singers, Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. This tour will see the group perform tracks from their latest album Let Me Fly , as well as the band's most iconic songs such as 'The Living Years' and 'Over My Shoulder'. Make your night extra special and dine with us before the show in our beautiful new restaurant Rondo. To book a table at Rondo Restaurant please call or you can book at the time of booking your ticket.
The Royal Concert Hall plays host to all sorts of musical genres and, at first, seems a strange choice for Rock based music but in my experience it never fails. The venue was designed and built for good listening and not for sheer volume. This is a definite bonus for the crowd tonight as, for the most part, they were there for the genesis of Mike and the Mechanics. There have been a few comings and goings with band members and in Andrew Roachford and Tim Howarth joined the group as vocalists. Howarth is known for playing the lead in West End shows and, in fact, had just finished Phantom of the Opera whilst Roachford is remembered for such classics as Cuddly Toy. The Concert Hall is packed and is such an impressive sight with fantastic sight lines to the stage and staff who are always helpful. The stage set is comprised of the usual instrumentation and there are four gigantic hot air balloons suspended above the stage with graphics on them that represent the history of the band.