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Mike & The Mechanics announce reunion, tour and new album

Mike & The Mechanics

Story by Jack Foley

MULTI-million selling Mike + The Mechanics will return in 2011 with a new album, UK tour and a new line-up having signed a new record deal with Sony Music label Arista.

Following a six-year hiatus and a massive reunion world tour with Genesis, Mike Rutherford has 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.

The result is the new album, entitled The Road, which will be released in April 2011.

Richard Connell, General manager of Arista Records, said: “To be involved with this new chapter in the incredible story of Mike and The Mechanics is a dream come true for everybody at Arista Records.

“Everything about them is just sheer class and represents everything that Arista Records is all about. Great music from great artists, it’s a privilege to be involved.”

It is also announced today, following a triumphant return to the live stage at the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala last week, that Mike + The Mechanics will tour the UK in April and May 2011 for 22 dates.

Tickets for the ‘Hit The Road Tour 2011’ go on sale at 9am on Friday, November 26, 2010 (see dates listed below).

Formed in 1984, 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 world-wide hit single The Living Years.

The Hit The Road Tour 2011 will bring all these hits and more back to life alongside the debut live performances of new tracks from The Road.

The dates are (all April and May 2011):

27 – Hull City Hall
28 – Doncaster Dome
30 – Bradford St George’s Hall

1 – York Grand Opera House
3 – Oxford New Theatre
5 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
8 – Bournemouth BIC
9 – London Royal Albert Hall
11 – Portsmouth Guildhall
12 – Brighton Centre
13 – Bristol Colston Hall
15 – Plymouth Pavillion
17 – Cardiff CIA
18 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
20 – Manchester O2 Apollo
21 – Blackpool Opera House
22 – Liverpool Empire
24 – Edinburgh Playhouse
25 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
26 – Gateshead The Sage
28 – Sheffield City Hall
29 – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Tickets cost between £60 and £35 (London), £40 (Brighton/Sheffield/Cardiff) and £40 and £35 (all other venues). They are all subject to booking fees.