To celebrate Mike + The Mechanics classic 1988 album 'The Living Years' 25th anniversary this year, the band will embark on a UK tour in February/March 2014, with the tour stopping at the following venues:
Wednesday 12th Rhyl Rhyl Pavilion
Friday 14th Holmfirth Picturdome
Saturday 15th Buxton Opera House
Sunday 16th Norwich Theatre Royal
Tuesday 18th Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Wednesday 19th Chatham Central Theatre
Friday 21st Bolton Albert's Hall
Saturday 22nd Wirral New Brighton Floral Pavilion
Sunday 23rd Warrington Parr Hall
Tuesday 25th Aberdeen Music Hall
Thursday 27th Perth Concert Hall
Friday 28th Gateshead The Sage
Saturday 1st Birmingham Symphony Hall
Monday 3rd Ipswich Corn Exchange
Tuesday 4th Fareham Fereneham Hall
Thursday 6th Basingstoke Anvil
Friday 7th Basildon Towngate Theatre
Sunday 9th St Albans St Albans Arena
Monday 10th Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre
Wednesday 12th Bradford St George's Hall
Thursday 13th Porthcawl Grand Pavilion
Friday 14th Stevenage Stevenage Leisure Centre
Sunday 16th London Hammersmith Apollo
Tickets for the London show go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th June priced £40 (subject to booking fee) from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
'The Living Years' was Mike + The Mechanics second album hit Number 1 in the US as well as reach Number 2 in UK charts. The album - which included the singles 'Nobody's Perfect', 'Seeing is Believing' and the classic title track 'The Living Years' - has received Gold status in the UK as well as in Canada and the US.
Formed in 1984 by Genesis founding member, guitarist, bass-player and songwriter Mike Rutherford, Mike + The Mechanics was a side project that would go on to sell over 10 million records worldwide. Originally featuring vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young (formerly of Sad Café), the group developed a rich catalogue of hit after hit including Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle, Over My Shoulder and the massive worldwide hit single The Living Years.
In 2010, Rutherford joined forces with one of the UK's most successful R&B acts Andrew Roachford and Canadian born actor and singer Tim Howar for a new generation of Mike + The Mechanics who have been touring together across the UK and Europe ever since.
Since this new generation of the band has come to form, Mike Rutherford has shared writing duties with Andrew Roachford - known for storming the UK Charts in the 90s with the anthem 'Cuddly Toy. Roachford became Columbia's biggest selling UK act for ten years, with tunes like 'Only To Be With You' to 'The Way That I Feel' becoming international hits and giving Roachford the opportunity to tour the world and hone his talent - becoming the truly great entertainer that he is today. Throughout his career he has organically blended different sounds and genres from rock to soul music and has become a prolific songwriter.
Joining Roachford and sharing the vocal duties is Tim Howar, a Canadian actor/singer who came to the UK 10 years ago to start a band in the country where his icons were born. He formed and toured with Vantramp supporting the likes of Rod Stewart, Paulo Nutini, Sugababes and Newton Faulkner. Vantramp's debut album was released to critical acclaim. Currently starring in the hit West End musical Rock of Ages as Stacee Jaxx, Howar's acting career has seen him perform on Broadway, as well as touring the US and Canada and saw Tim take the starring role as Rod Stewart in the show 'Tonight's The Night'.