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MIKE & THE MECHANICS, Hard Rock Cafe, London
23 March 2011
the engine is up and running again with a couple of new spark plugs
the untimely death of the former Sad Cafe vocalist Paul Young in 2000
many felt it was the end of the road for Mike and the Mechanics.
later along with Paul Carrick the group rewired but the chemistry was
gone and the band was put on a long hiatus with Mike Rutherford getting
involved in Genesis again and Carrick going back to a solo career.
In 2011 the
engine is up and running again with a couple of new spark plugs fitted.
Mike Rutherford has found the correct fuel for his machine namely in
Andrew Roachford who had a decade of top 40 hits from the late eighties
onwards with such gems as 'Cuddly Toy' and 'Only To Be With You' and
Canadian Tim Howar who has appeared in numerous London's West End shows
aswell spending a short time in the London rock band Van Tramp.
Today is a
private show with many invited guests from the media with complimentary
drinks and canapes on offer followed by a short semi acoustic set
introducing the new band to the en masse scribes, with a chance to throw
some questions at the band once it's all over.
opened up with the title track from the new album 'The Road', a catchy
little number that reminded me of the Isley Brothers which has an easy
flow to it with Roachford and Howar singing in unison. I'm sure
this track could be the feel good summer hit if the record company
should decide to release it as a single.
familiar territory, it was interesting to see how the new guys would
handle the back catalogue: 'Beggar On A Beach Of Gold' was a chance for
Tim Howar to take the limelight and was clearly enjoying himself in his
Of Coffee' Roachford takes the main lead with aplomb and is another
smash for the Mechanics that this writer had shamelessly forgotten was a
hit for the band. A song that is heard almost daily on the radio, with
it's easy listening appeal, it is easy to forget how many great tunes
this world class act have.
through 'Try And Save Me' I had another memory loss as this new number
sounded just as good as anything that can be found on 'The Hits' and had
to remind myself that this was in fact on the new album.
emotional and heartfelt 'The Living Years' could've been a difficult
task but Roachford sang in a soulful way with meaning in a song that
passed the seven minute mark to great applause.
with 'Over My Shoulder' it was smiles all round during which Tim Howar
entered the crowd in an attempt to get us serious hacks to sing along,
but if he wants to hear my dreadful singing, then he can whistle, in
fact that's exactly what we did.
afternoon spent in the company of some class musicians. It's full
speed ahead with no need to be looking over their shoulder.
has any doubts about the new Mechanics then check them out live when
they hit the road in May.
Set list : The Road / Beggar On A Beach Of Gold / Another Cup Of Coffee
/ Try And Save Me / The Living Years / Over My Shoulder
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