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Mike & The Mechanics

Friday, 27th June 2014
Eventcenter Vennekötter, Gronau, Germany

Article and photos By Menno von Brucken Fock

Unexpectedly and purely by coincidence I picked up that Michael Rutherford and his new Mechanics were to perform at a very nice venue just across the border from where I live. Just a few kilometres from Enschede I would have thought a lot of Dutch fans would be travelling to this Eventcenter Vennekötter in Gronau to see Mike & The Mechanics because up till now, no shows have been scheduled in The Netherlands. Only a week before the show I got to know about this small scale open air event and thinking ‘if one doesn’t try, one will not have any success’ I asked the PR guy at iO Pages Magazine (Bert Treep) if he’d be willing to try and get my a photo-pass. In less than a day the request resulted in a press and photo pass.

Mike & The Mechanics

So straight after work (until 6.30 PM I drove off to Gronau and parked my car in what later would appear to be quite a long way from the venue. The reception was very courteous and I was even allowed to go the area where Mike, Andrew and Tim would be present for a press conference. To my surprise there were only a few people of the German press and I was the only one from the Dutch side. I was introduced to the legendary bass-player of Genesis and shook hands with Mike, Tim and Andrew. While a DJ was playing music from seventies and eighties there was a meet & greet for a few VIP’s and all press was guided to the stage where a German band entertained the people attending, only some 300 is my estimate. Of course there was lots of beers going around and the German specialty: ‘Bratwurst’.

Mike & The Mechanics

Around 9.30 PM the band I had been waiting for came on stage. Of course all the music sounded differently with vocalists Andrew and Tim, but the Canadian proved he is a gifted entertainer. He managed to have everyone clapping, jumping and singing along in no time. Roachford, somewhat limited by the fact that he had to play keyboard as well, did a fine job too. The band played tight and because several musicians changed instruments (Mike: electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitar), Anthony Drennan (lead-guitar, acoustic guitar, bass) and Luke Juby (keyboards, bass, saxophone) it was a lively spectacle. Unfortunately it started to rain a bit about halfway through the show but luckily no one seemed to care. With great enthusiasm all sang along with the Genesis track Turn It On and thanks to the excellent stage performance by Tim Howar, one could almost think it was Genesis on stage when I Can’t Dance came along.

Mike & The Mechanics

There was also a fine solo-spot for Andrew with the tune Cuddly Toy, once a hit by his former band Roachford. The legendary Rutherford seemed to be quite happy with his somewhat modest role. He played guitar and bass, but most of the soloing was done by Drennan. At the end of the show Mike introduced the members of the band and when the man himself was put in the spotlight, he tried to do a riff from guitar hero Jimi Hendrix but at the end of that short piece of Purple Haze it became obvious that Rutherford is not a lead-guitarist at all. His strengths are playing the bass and compose gorgeous melodies. Although Mike has always had help from renowned composers like B.A. Robertson and Christopher Neil when he co-wrote all these beautiful songs, he should not be underestimated as a songwriter.

Mike & The Mechanics

Not only Phil Collins & Peter Gabriel were successful in their solo careers, do not forget Rutherford’s band also sold millions around the world. Recently Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks and Michael Rutherford of Genesis got together and there are a few photo’s published on the internet. Rumors say it is not impossible to have the former members of Genesis reunited on stage…..

Mike & The Mechanics

In the meantime these 1 ¾ hours went by like a smooth drink and even without Young & Carrack this band kicked ass and proved that the music is truly great, timeless and can in fact be performed successfully by other artists than the original ones It’s a pity and a shame so few Dutch people came to this lovely place, probably because the promotion was not as extensive as it should or might have been. A big thank you to the organizers to give me this opportunity to meet Mr. Rutherford and to see these wonderful musicians playing all these great tunes!

Slideshow

Setlist
A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold (Beggar On A Beach Of Gold)
Another Cup Of Coffee (Beggar On A Beach Of Gold)
Get Up (Word Of Mouth)
Try To Save (The Road)
Seeing is Believing (Living Years)
Silent Running (Mike + The Mechanics)
Turn It On (Genesis)
Nobody’s Perfect (Living Years)
Cuddly Toy (Roachford)
I Can’t Dance (Genesis)
The Living Years (Living Years)
All I Need Is A Miracle (Mike + The Mechanics)

Over My Shoulder (Beggar On A Beach Of Gold)
Word Of Mouth (Word Of Mouth)

Links
Mike & The Mechanics official Website

Eventcenter Vennekötter

 


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