Opening Night of Mark Knopfler’s 2019 Tour: Watch

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In celebration of his ninth solo studio album, Down The Road Wherever (released in Nov. 2018), Mark Knopfler opened a world tour in Barcelona, Spain, on April 25, 2019. The European leg continued through July 22 followed by an extensive run of North American dates.

On opening night, Knopfler and his band performed 19 songs culled from his solo catalog and Dire Straits material. Among them: “Once Upon a Time in the West,” “Telegraph Road,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Money For Nothing.” Conspicuously missing from the setlist was “Sultans of Swing” from Dire Straits’ 1978 debut album.

Watch him perform “Telegraph Road” on opening night

On tour, Knopfler performed with an expanded 10-piece band, most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions include Graeme Blevins (saxophone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet).

Watch them perform “Money For Nothing,” the first of two encores, on opening night in Barcelona, on April 25

Knopfler, born Aug. 12, 1949, turned 70 in between the European and North American legs of the tour.

Related: A look back at Dire Straits’ debut LP

Watch them perform “Once Upon a Time in the West” on opening night

Knopfler has previously released eight solo albums, as well as Neck And Neck with guitar great Chet Atkins and All The Roadrunning with Emmylou Harris. He has also created film soundtracks for Local Hero, The Princess Bride and Cal.

Watch the band perform “Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)”

Related: Knopfler has written new material for a musical adaptation of Local Hero

In addition to producing his own records, Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, among others. Knopfler was made an Order of the British Empire in 1999 and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.

When Knopfler tours again, tickets can be purchased here and here.

Watch Knopfler perform Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing” in 2015

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  1. 2baroo
    #1 2baroo 15 November, 2019, 21:41

    Great show my wife and I saw in Phoenix.

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