With Genesis bassist Mike Rutherford at the helm, the band returned from hiatus about six years ago with a new lineup featuring Rutherford, vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, keyboardist Luke Juby and drummer Gary Wallis.
Rutherford talked Genesis and the impetus behind continuing along with Mike + the Mechanics and playing clubs and theaters.
"What I've found is that the Mechanics hardly ever played live," Rutherford said. "So the songs hadn't really been heard. And we started out six years ago playing "The Living Years" and ["All I Need Is a Miracle"] and all those hits and stuff, and got a great reaction."
Rutherford elaborated on his hit "The Living Years," which spent four weeks at #1 in the United States.
"Every night there's someone in the first few rows in tears," Rutherford says of performing "The Living Years" live. "It's nice tears. It's an emotional connection with part of their life. It's a wonderful feeling to have that effect with a song you've written."
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