Review: Mike + The Mechanics at Aberdeen’s HMT

It’s been over 20 years since I last saw Mike + The Mechanics play to a packed house at the then Capitol Theatre.

But would they still be quite so good all these years later, without my all-time favourite singer Paul Carrack?

Founding member Mike Rutherford, of Genesis fame, is still very much a fixture with the band, and has joined forces with one of the UK’s top R&B singers, Andrew Roachford, along with Canadian born singer, Tom Howar.

Once again it was full house – this time, at His Majesty’s Theatre and the band showed that, in Tom and Andrew, they have a new and formidable centre of gravity.

Very different in sound and style, they combined wonderfully and boy did they deliver.

This show included all their massive hits of the 80s – The Living Years, All I Need is a Miracle, Another Cup of Coffee and Over My Shoulder.

The audience were frequently on their feet, clapping or singing along.

This was a superlative performance — tight but fluid, familiar but with twists.

If Mike and his Mechanics return to Aberdeen 20 years from now, I’d happily be at the front of the queue.