Mark Knopfler Opens Extensive 2019 Tour: Watch

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In celebration of his upcoming ninth solo studio album, Down The Road Wherever (released last Nov. 16), Mark Knopfler opened a world tour in Barcelona, Spain, on April 25. The European leg continues through July 22 followed by an extensive run of North American dates.

(On May 14, a date at New York’s Madison Square Garden was added to the end of the North American run.)

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 several performances below.

On tour, Knopfler is performing 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

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 them perform “Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)” on May 10 in Milan

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.

2019 European Tour Dates (Tickets can be purchased here and here)

May 15 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena
May 16 Hannover, Germany TUI Arena
May 18 Leeds, United Kingdom First Direct Arena
May 19 Newcastle, United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena
May 21 London, United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall
May 22 London, United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall
May 24 Dublin, Ireland 3Arena
May 26 Glasgow, United Kingdom SSE Hydro
May 28 London, United Kingdom The O2 Arena
May 29 Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester Arena
May 30 Birmingham, United Kingdom Genting Arena
Jun 07 Alesund, Norway Sparebanken Møre Arena
Jun 08 Bergen, Norway Bergenhus Festning, Plenen, Outdoor greenfield
Jun 09 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum
Jun 11 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
Jun 12 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium
Jun 13 Herning, Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen
Jun 15 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena
Jun 17 Paris, France AccorHotels Arena
Jun 19 Lyon, France Halle Tony Garnier
Jun 20 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), Luxembourg Rockhal
Jun 22 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis Antwerp
Jun 23 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
Jun 25 Hamburg, Germany Barclaycard Arena
Jun 26 Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena
Jun 28 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadthalle
Jun 29 Ljubljana, Slovenia Arena Stožice
Jul 01 Oberhausen, Germany König Pilsener Arena
Jul 02 Stuttgart, Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
Jul 03 Kestenholz, Switzerland St. Peter at Sunset Kestenholz
Jul 05 Leipzig, Germany Red Bull Arena Leipzig
Jul 06 Mannheim, Germany SAP Arena
Jul 07 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
Jul 09 Budapest, Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
Jul 10 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
Jul 11 Gdansk, Poland Ergo Arena
Jul 13 Lucca, Italy Lucca Summer Festival – Piazza Napoleone
Jul 14 St Julien, France Guitare en Scène Music Festival
Jul 15 Nimes, France Antic Arena
Jul 17 Nichelino, Torino, Italy Stupinigi Sonic Park – Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi
Jul 18 Cattolica, Rimini, Italy Arena della Regina
Jul 20 Rome, Italy Terme di Caracalla
Jul 21 Rome, Italy Terme di Caracalla
Jul 22 Verona, Italy Arena di Verona

2019 North American Tour Dates

Aug 16 Mashantucket, CT – Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Aug 17 Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House
Aug 18 Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap – Filene Centre
Aug 20 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Aug 21 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Aug 23 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug 24 Montreal, QC – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/Place Des Arts
Aug 25 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Aug 27 Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
Aug 28 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Aug 30 Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Aug 31 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Sep 01 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Sep 03 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Sep 04 Atlanta, GA – Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sep 06 Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Sep 07 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Sep 08 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sep 10 Denver, CO – Venue TBD
Sep 13 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
Sep 14 Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sep 15 Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sep 16 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
Sep 18 Berkeley, CA, United States The Greek Theatre
Sep 20 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
Sep 21 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Sep 22 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Sep 25 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (with Bonnie Raitt)

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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