Mike and the Mechanics
St Albans Arena
9th March 2014
I have seen Genesis quite a few times as well as Mr Hackett's latest Genesis Revisited shows but I have never seen Mike and the Mechanics.
As they were playing less than 30 minutes away I thought I would check them out.
FIrst of all the audience seemed really old. OK I know im 50 but I still felt like I was one of the youngest ! And an old sitting audience is never brilliant for creating a good atmosphere !
Support band was Sadie and the Hotheads. I thought they were very ordinary and quite boring however I discovered that their lead singer is Elizabeth McGovern who is quite a well known TV and film actress appearing on numerous films and series including Downton Abbey !
Mike and the Mechanics uniqueness (although not obvious until you see them live) is that they have two male lead singers. Originally Paul Carrack and Paul Young but nowadays Andrew Roachford (of Cuddly Toy fame) and Tim Howar who has played numerous lead roles in London musicals. And the Mechanics are all about short perfectly formed pop/rock songs with a soulful edge.
I've always thought that Mike Rutherford always looks the most unlikely of rock guitarists and as usual he looks as misplaced as ever however he is one of the key songwriters in Genesis and also in the Mechanics. He obviously loves playing in a band. He doesnt take centre stage, he allows his two singers to do the performing but he does introduce a few songs and everyone defers to him.
Andrew Roachford is a very talented and soulful singer as well as keyboard player and Tim Howar has a great rock voice.They treat us to most of the Mechanics hits and there are more than you would realise! We even get a couple of Roachford's songs which he performs brilliantly.
However the surprise of the night was the inclusion of two Genesis songs, "Turn it on Again" and "We Cant Dance" which got the most applause.
So 90 minutes of great music with really excellent singing. Rutherford leaves the flashy guitar solos to his guitar sidekick Andrew Drennan, Rutherford has never pretended to be a guitar hero although he surprises us all in the encore with a brief version of Hendrix's Purple Haze !
It was a good gig, Never going to be as good as Genesis and to be honest I prefered the recent Steve Hackett gig as that is the Genesis that I really love.
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