Friday, January 9, 2015

The return of Mike + the Mechanics

I hope to see some West Coast dates eventually added to the tour and really look forward to hearing the reissue...

Mike + the Mechanics will hit the road in 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their hit album The Living Years — and their own 30th anniversary. The North American tour kicks off in Washington, D.C. in February, launching the first North American trek the band has made since their tour supporting the initial release of Living Years in 1989. 

Living Years: Deluxe Edition will also make its U.S. debut on Feb. 10 when Rhino Records releases an expanded version of the group’s biggest album.

Started in 1985 by Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford, Mike + The Mechanics have recorded seven studio albums and enjoyed a series of hit songs with “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground),” “All I Need Is a Miracle,” “Word of Mouth,” and “Over My Shoulder.” However, the #1 smash “The Living Years” from 1989 would become the largest hit of the band’s career.

For the upcoming tour, Rutherford will lead the current incarnation of Mike + The Mechanics, which includes vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, keyboardist Luke Juby, guitarist/bassist Anthony Drennan, and drummer Gary Wallis.

They will perform all of the band’s best-known songs, as well as a selection of Genesis favorites like “I Can’t Dance” and “Turn It On Again.”

The reissue will celebrate this musical milestone with a whole host of special extras. Along with the original studio album, the two-CD set will feature a bonus disc of live recordings from the 1989 Living Years U.K. Tour along with the song “The Living Years 2014,” which has been re-recorded with the South African Isango Choir and Andrew Roachford on lead vocals.

Tour Dates:

Feb 26-27 ALEXANDRIA, VA The Birchmere
Feb. 28 BETHLEHEM, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
March 2 ANNAPOLIS, MD Ram’s Head On Stage
March 3 TARRYTOWN, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
March 4 NEW YORK, NY Best Buy Theater
March 6 ATLANTIC CITY NJ Borgata Spa & Resort
March 7 BOSTON, MA Wilbur Theatre
March 8 HARTFORD, CT Infinity Hall
March 10 TORONTO, ON Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto CNE Grounds
March 11 MONTREAL, QC Theatre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts
March 13 MUNHALL, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
March 14 ANN ARBOR, MI Michigan Theater
March 15 NORTHFIELD, OH Hard Rock Live – Northfield
March 17 CINCINNATI, OH Taft Theatre
March 19 MILWAUKEE, WI The Pabst Theate
March 20-21 CHICAGO, IL Park West

Track Listing

Disc 1
1. “Nobody’s Perfect”
2. “The Living Years”
3. “Seeing Is Believing”
4. “Nobody Knows”
5. “Poor Boy Down”
6. “Blame”
7. “Don’t”
8. “Black & Blue”
9. “Beautiful Day”
10. “Why Me?”

Disc 2
1. “The Living Years 2014”
2. “Nobody Knows” (Live)
3. “Seeing Is Believing” (Live)
4. “Don’t” (Live)
5. “Black & Blue” (Live)
6. “Silent Running” (Live)
7. “Par Avion” (Live)
8. “Take The Reins” (Live)
9. “Nobody’s Perfect” (Live)
10. “A Call To Arms” (Live)
11. “Beautiful Day” (Live)
12. “Hanging By A Thread” (Live)

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