Formed in 1985 by the former Genesis bass guitarist, the
group has seen its line-up change over the years after some
members dropped out and vocalist Paul Young died in 2000.
Vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar joined the line-up in
The group is known for hits like "Over My Shoulder" and "The
Living Years", a song about a man's strained relationship with
his deceased father, which Rutherford said still affected
"'Living Years' is one of those songs I mean, at shows they come
to, you see people on the front few rows and someone's crying,"
he told Reuters in an interview.
"It sounds wrong to say 'nice to see someone crying' but
actually it means it touched them."
Roachford, who found fame in his eponymous band, said he felt
some pressure taking on such major tunes in live shows.
"I think people understand that me and Tim are singers in our
own right and we bring something different to it and we are
getting a lot of love from the Mechanics fans," he said.
Rutherford first played in rock band Genesis and echoed
drummer/singer Phil Collins' comments from last year when he
said he would not rule out a reunion.
"There's no plans but we are still all very good friends and I
value that very much...and that's the way to start really... who
knows, you never know," he said.
(This version of the story was refiled correct the name to Howar
from Howard in paragraph 2)
(Reporting By Edward Baran; Editing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)
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