CAN YOU RUN UP THE STAIRS?
Yes. I work out in my home gym twice a week and cycle. I used to play polo too, but it’s a young man’s game.
GET YOUR FIVE A DAY?
Probably. I like vegetables, but don’t eat a lot of fruit.
My problem is I can’t put on weight! I’m 6ft 3in and weigh under 12½ st. I’m pretty much the weight I was when I was 21. I go to a clinic in Austria once a year for a detox to help my arthritic wrists, caused by playing guitar.
I like a couple of glasses of wine a night. I used to smoke four or five cigarettes, too, although when I was recording it would shoot up to two packets a day. But when I was about 40 I woke up in a German hotel after a party in my room, and it smelt so horrible that I quit there and then.
Playing polo in my mid-30s I fell off my horse and his hoof smashed my face, broke my nose, knocked out three of my teeth and quite a bit of the gum. Over the next few years I visited surgeons so they could re-break my nose and fix my teeth. I had a gum transplant, too. I spent five hours at a time in the dentist’s chair, but it’s all resolved now.
POP ANY PILLS?
Omega-3 fish oil to prevent heart disease, probiotics to help with digestion, and an anti-inflammatory pill before gigs because of my wrists.
HAD ANYTHING REMOVED?
Twenty years ago I had a cancerous mole, a melanoma, removed from my leg. Ten years ago I had another taken from my back. I’ve never been a sun worshipper, but I always wear high-factor protective lotion when I’m out.
EVER HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY?
No. Men are allowed to grow old and look a bit craggy.
COPE WELL WITH PAIN?
My wife Angie would say not, but I rarely reach for the paracetamol.
IS SEX IMPORTANT?
Yes. I’ve been married for 40 years and I think it’s definitely important.
No, thank you! The chart-topper has refused to have plastic surgery – saying men don’t need it
EVER BEEN DEPRESSED?
Not really, though it’s hard to readjust to not having room service after a tour finishes.
Miso soup, but I gave that advice to someone recently and they were sick.
WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?
I can sleep anywhere. I often grab 40 winks before a show, much to the rest of the band’s frustration!
I can’t pick up a bird if one flies inside.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER?
No. MY wife’s aunt lived to be 100 and she lost interest in life. So she just checked out. That’s the way to go.
Mike + The Mechanics’ album Let Me Fly is out now