Mike + The Mechanics to play in Prague

The Genesis guitarist will front his own band with a new album but promises classic hits

Mike + The Mechanics will be in Prague at Lucerna's Velký sál on Sept. 6 on their Let Me Fly tour, and tickets are already on sale. The tour, according to the band's website, will include “all the hits and selected Genesis songs.” Guitarist Mike Rutherford is one of the founding members of the band Genesis. Mike + The Mechanics is his side project when Genesis isn't active.

Mike + The Mechanics will be issuing a new album in April called Let Me Fly, and the tour will include new material. The band has been playing dates in the UK in March, and they will have two shows, in London and Dublin, supporting Phil Collins in June. Then they will tour the Continent for the entire month of September with the Let Me Fly tour.

The group has already released a single from the new album called “Don’t Know What Came Over Me,” a slow-paced, old-school and radio-friendly effort that is likely to please fans of 1980s and 1990s music.

The group's big hits are “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground),” “All I Need Is a Miracle,” “Word of Mouth,” “Over My Shoulder,” and “The Living Years.” From the band's tour statistics, the Genesis songs they play most often are “I Can't Dance,” “Turn It On Again,” “Land of Confusion,” and “Follow You Follow Me.”

Mike + The Mechanics was born when Mike Rutherford realized that making solo albums when Genesis was on break was too difficult. So he formed his own group in 1985. So far they have released seven studio albums, not counting the upcoming Let Me Fly.

Living Years from 1988 has been the most successful, reaching number 2 in the UK charts and being certified Gold in the UK, US and Canadian charts. The band has sold an estimated 10 million albums worldwide.

The band became inactive after 2004 and reformed with a new lineup in 2010 to record a new album called The Road. That lineup has continued. Aside from Mike Rutherford on bass, guitars and backing vocals, there is Anthony Drennan on guitars and bass; Tim Howar on vocals; Luke Juby on keyboards, backing vocals, bass, saxophone and whistler; Andrew Roachford on vocals and keyboards; and Gary Wallis on drums. Rutherford is the only original member, but Wallis toured with band from 1995 to 2004. The others are present from 2010 onwards.

The current lineup is notable for having two lead singers.

Ticket Pre-sale: livenation.cz

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