Mike & The Mechanics – Chicago, Last U.S. Tour Stop

Saturday night we attended the final U.S. tour stop for Mike + The Mechanics at the Park West in Chicago Lincoln Park. This historic venue once was a movie house, but in 1977 it’s converted into the current Park West entertainment venue.

During breaks from touring with Genesis, Mike Rutherford was pursuing a solo career. He found the solo recording process difficult and unsatisfying. Later, Rutherford put together band, and they recorded their first album 1985, thus Mike + The Mechanics was born.

After some ups and downs in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Rutherford reformed the band using same name and released a new album “The Road” in 2011.

After their breakup and rebirth, their fan base has stayed loyal. I met a couple who flew to Chicago from the east coast. They came out to enjoy the final U.S. tour stop. Now that is dedication.

For an opener, Mike Rutherford has invited former band mate, Daryl Stuermer to join the tour. Stuermer told a story of how he interviewed for the replacement spot for Steve Hackett in Geneses back in 1977. That is when this guy from Milwaukee, WI got his big break and joined the band. He later went on the play with Phil Collins on his breakaway career. Stuermer has released many solo albums and has a new cover album coming soon. Stuermer did not disappoint, but showed the guitar skills that landed him the band slot so many years ago.

Before this performance I received a copy of Mike + The Mechanics 25th Anniversary CD set called “Living Years.” It was good to hear those songs that made them what they are today.

This new mix of performers has revived the old sounds in a fresh new way. I would rate this performance with a solid 5 guitars! Thanks guys.


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