Mike Rutherford: “The Strat can be anybody – it covers all kinds of moods. Other guitars like Gibsons have a sort of one-sound thing, I think”

Mike Rutherford
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Genesis have had an extraordinary career, even by stadium-rock standards. They’ve been making music for more than half a century, sold 150 million albums, recorded 15 albums – and even the band members’ solo careers, from Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins to Rutherford’s own Mike And The Mechanics, have ranked among rock’s great chart successes.

When we caught up with founding member Mike Rutherford, Genesis was about to embark on The Last Domino? tour – the band’s first in 14 years – with Phil Collins fronting, despite well documented health problems – and Rutherford sharing guitar and bass duties interchangeably with Daryl Stuermer, who has been part of the band’s live line-up for more than 40 years. 

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Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson is Editor-in-Chief of Guitarist magazine, Britain's best-selling and longest-running monthly for guitar players. He started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London, where his first assignment was interviewing blue-eyed soul legend Robert Palmer, going on to become a full-time author on music, writing for benchmark references such as 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Dorling Kindersley's How To Play Guitar Step By Step. He joined Guitarist in 2011 and since then it has been his privilege to interview everyone from B.B. King to St. Vincent for Guitarist's readers, while sharing insights into scores of historic guitars, from Rory Gallagher's '61 Strat to the first Martin D-28 ever made.