70 years of Mike Rutherford - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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On 2 October 1950 he was born Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford. Here are some moments of his career (in strictly non-chronological order).

He co-founded the school band Anon with Anthony Phillips and Richard Macphail, in 1965, after that they split and formed Genesis in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse mates Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel and Chris Stewart. Rutherford disliked his time at the Charterhouse and was deported for minor offenses: 


In 1982 he celebrated his birthday on the stage in Milton Keynes, UK, during the charity reunion in favor of Peter Gabriel (and the audience wishes him singing):

Genesis: the reunion charity to help Peter Gabriel, October 2, 1982 

Characteristics were his double handle guitars.

During the first live tours, Rutherford often used a custom built Rickenbacker double neck with semi-hollow body 12-string guitar and 4-string bass (now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum).

For "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and the first part of the "Trick of the Tail" tour, incorporated a solid body 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and a 6-string Micro-Frets Signature Baritone, equipped with short-scale 6-string bass strings.

He later moved on to another combination of 12 solid body strings and 6 bass strings. For the "Mama" and "Invisible Touch" tour had a six-string guitar and four-string bass inserted into a custom body

For the 2007 tour with Genesis, Rutherford had a twelve-string Gibson guitar with a Yamaha TRB-4P bass. Source.

Combination that should also reappear at next tour in 2021.


This year he celebrated 40 years of his masterpiece:

His second solo album, "Acting Very Strange" was released on September 7, 1982:

The first album with the Mechanics comes out on October 5th 1985:

The latest with the Mechanics is "Out of the Blue", released on April 5, 2019:

With Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, he participated in the soundtrack of on the "Against All Odds", with the song "Making A Big Mistake":

In June 2019 he played on the Berlin stage with Phil Collins, a mini-reunion unforgettable:

The last tour in Italy was with the Mechanics in 2017:

In 2014, Rutherford published "The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir", his autobiography:

The first book on Rutherford's solo career, titled "Silent Runner" by Mario Giammetti, was published in Italy (Edizioni Segno) in 2011:

With the Mechanics at the Grammy Awards on February 21, 1990:

In addition to Genesis, ex Genesis, musicians from his solo albums and Mechanics, Mike has played in public with Brian May, David Gilmour, Joe Walsh and many other guitarists at the Strat Pack Concert in 2004, to celebrate 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster:

E with Ed Sheeran and Nick Mason at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympic Games on 12 August 2012:


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