Mike Rutherford is a founder member, guitarist, bass-player and songwriter with Genesis, the British rock group who have sustained massive international success over the last four decades. The groundbreaking band have sold over 130 million albums worldwide and have played around 1500 shows, including some of the most ambitious and theatrical performances ever staged. Mike Rutherford has also topped the US charts with his other group, Mike + the Mechanics.
Formed in 1967 at Charterhouse, when Rutherford was only 17, Genesis went on to record fifteen studio albums and have influenced the likes of Elbow, The Feeling, Flaming Lips and Simple Minds. In the early seventies, they took their Lewis
Carroll/Alice In Wonderland-infused vision of Britain around the world with albums like Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot and Selling England By The Pound. In the mid-seventies, the ambitious concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway led to one of their most visually-stunning live presentations. They survived the departure of frontman Peter Gabriel and, with Phil Collins as lead vocalist, became a mainstream act, scoring hit singles with the ballad ‘Follow You, Follow Me’ and the turbo-charged ‘Turn It On Again’. In the eighties, Genesis topped the charts with the albums Duke, Abacab, Genesis and Invisible Touch, and sold out an unprecedented four nights at Wembley Stadium. Innovative, humorous videos, such as the award-winning ‘Land Of Confusion’, with its Spitting Image puppets, endeared them to TV viewers the world over. In the nineties, the number one album We Can’t Dance yielded another four hit singles and
proved the group’s appeal was both timeless and enduring.
Away from Genesis, Mike Rutherford has enjoyed success with the solo albums Smallcreep’s Day, which contained an extended 25 minute piece based on the Peter Currell Brown novel of the same title, in 1980, and Acting Very Strange, in 1982. Three
years later, he teamed up with Paul Young of Sad Café and Paul Carrack of Ace to launch Mike + the Mechanics. The group with two lead vocalists have released five albums – Mike + the Mechanics in 1986, The Living Years in 1988, Word Of Mouth in
1991, Beggar On A Beach Of Gold in 1995 and M6 in 1999 – and become nearly as ubiquitous as Genesis with the hits ‘Silent Running’, ‘All I Need Is A Miracle’, ‘The Living Years’ – a US and Australian number one in 1989 – and ‘Over My Shoulder’.
Following a ten-year hiatus, Genesis regrouped in 2007 and performed a series of sellout concerts throughout Europe and the US. They also released Live Over Europe 2007, the sixth live album of their career.
In 2010 Mike reconvened Mike + The Mechanics recording the “The Road” with singers Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. This new line up has been touring through the UK and Europe ever since.