An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band
One of the most critically and commercially successful artists of all time, Mark Knopfler returns to the Rockhal for the fourth time on 15 May 2013. His performance together with Bob Dylan in 2011 at the Rockhal remains in our minds as a significant event but now we are looking forward for a new chapter as the former lead guitarist and vocalist of the Dire Straits is in support of his brand new album “Privateering”. Expect new songs as well as timeless favourites!
Mark released his first solo album “Golden Heart” in 1996, but then in the first decade of the 21st Century in an elongated hot streak of productivity, Mark released no fewer than 7 solo studio albums. Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Mark has sold in excess of 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career. 2012 marks 20 years since the final Dire Straits show. Further he was presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 2012 Ivor Novello Awards (the UK’s highest songwriting accolade).
“Privateering” is Mark’s eighth solo studio album and its 20 original songs form Mark’s first ever double album in a 35 year recording career. “The older I get, the more I want to write” he says “I’m enjoying the process more than ever; writing, recording and playing live. I enjoy all of it. I’m almost tripping over songs”.
Amid the new material, when the audiences call for the songs that became part of all our lives, he will relish it. “The thing about the old Straits songs is that these things are signposts for people’s lives. Obviously I’ll play things differently here and there to keep it alive and meaningful to me, and away from a cabaret thing. But there are things, like the twiddly bits at the end of “Sultans”, if you don’t do your twiddly bits, the world’s not right for people. I like playing the old songs, I wrote them and people like to hear them, it’s as simple as that.”
A multiple Grammy award winner as the lead singer/songwriter for Dire Straits, Knopfler combined his wry lyrics with his guitar prowess to create such major hits as “Money For Nothing,” “Sultans Of Swing,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Walk of Life.”
Mark Knopfler and his full 8-piece band will hit the road once again with a stopover at the Rockhal on 15 May 2013. “It’s like being captain of a little fighting ship really, and I enjoy the team thing of being on the road” he states. Don’t forget to secure your tickets, come on board and be part of the show!