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Mike and the Mechanics in Jozi

JOBURG - Popular melodic rock group Mike and the Mechanics will be in Jozi to perform one show at the Big Top Arena at the Carnival City on 18 August.

The thousands of fans who will descend on the Big Top Arena at Carnival City on 18 August to see popular band Mike and the Mechanics will also be supporting a good cause.

The band has partnered with Sun International, Famous Concerts and Harley Davidson to support the M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project. “We appeal to concert-goers to bring along a children’s book to drop in the M-Net Cares box, which can be found at each of the concert venues. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will go towards helping M-Net Cares build more children’s libraries,” said Jeni Fletcher, spokesperson for the concert organisers Sun International.

The band, founded by Mike Rutherford, formerly of the band Genesis, has been around since 1984 and will kick off their South African tour with a show on 17 August at the Sun City Superbowl.

The band’s most successful album, The Living Years achieved massive global acclaim with its title single of the same name.

In July 2000, lead vocalist Paul Young died and the face of Mike and the Mechanics consequently changed. After an extended sabbatical period of inactivity, the group re-emerged.

Rutherford revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that he had started writing again and the result was the band’s new album, The Road, launched in 2011.

Details: Computicket, www.suninternational.com

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