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See Mike Rutherford’s Career From Genesis to the Mechanics in 13 Videos

Guitarist tells tales behind five decades of clips

Mike Rutherford performs with Mike and the Mechanics

Mike Rutherford performs with Mike and the Mechanics at the Avo Session in Basel, Switzerland on November 8th, 2011.

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In late February, Mike and the Mechanics will kick off their first North American tour since 1989. The group has changed a lot since then and only guitarist Mike Rutherford remains. (He'll be joined by singers Tim Howard and Andrew Roachford, who are replacing Paul Carrack and the late Paul Young.) The group plans to play Mechanics hits like "Silent Running" and "All I Need Is a Miracle" with a handful of Genesis tunes like "I Can't Dance" and "Turn It on Again." We sat down with Rutherford to look back at videos from his long career, an he unleashed five decades' worth of amazing stories.

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Phish – “Watcher of the Skies,” 2010

Genesis' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 seemed like the perfect place for the Peter Gabriel-led lineup to finally reunite, but the timing was absolutely horrible. Gabriel was deep into rehearsals for an orchestral tour and simply couldn't get out of England. Phish played in their place, breaking out a pretty spectacular rendition of "Watcher of the Skies." "We should have played," says Rutherford. "We just couldn't get it together. I didn't know much about Phish before this and it was weird watching someone else play this song, but they did a really nice job."

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Mike and the Mechanics – “The Road,” 2012

Rutherford has bad luck with singers whose name begin with P. Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Paul Carrack have all quit hit-making groups where he played guitar, and Paul Young passed away in 2000. Undeterred, Rutherford assembled a new lineup of Mike and the Mechanics and hit the road in 2012. Here's a live performance of "The Road." "This is one of the first songs we wrote together," says Rutherford. "We were just finding out way with this first album, so I think we're going to get even better, especially now that we've done a lot more touring."

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