Mark Knopfler Schedules California, Vegas Shows
Dire Straits member, guitar love-maker and awkwardly-named Mark Knopfler has just announced four concert dates to take place in California and Las Vegas.
The dates kick off on October 23rd 2013 at Long Beach’s Terrace Theater, and will see Knopfler head to Las Vegas’ Pearl Concert Theater on the 25th, The Wiltern in Los Angeles on the 26th, and finish up at Oakland’s Fox Theater on the 27th.
The dates won’t give Knopfler much of a break, given that he’s just finished an epic sold out tour of 70 dates across Europe, but presumably, Knopfler has some say in these things and if he didn’t want to keep playing shows, he probably wouldn’t have to.
The four US dates will feature the Knopfler’s band of seven merry men, including Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Guy Fletcher (keyboards), John McCusker (fiddle), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), Ian Thomas (drums) and Glenn Worf (bass.)
This the same band who helped put together Privateering, which was released at the end of last year, and marked Knopfler’s first double album of new music ever. Ever-ever. Given that they’re appearing on this four date mini-tour, it’s probably fair to assume that they’ll be playing stuff from this new album, rather than “Money For Nothing” on loop, so if that’s what you’re after, odds are you’re better off staying at home.
Knopfler commented on Privateering and said band claiming:
“I chose to make a double album this time just because of the sheer volume of material. I didn’t want to separate songs into genres and I didn’t want to leave too many songs on the shelf. I just wanted it to be a reflection of the fantastic sessions we had. With a great bunch of players, it’s the same as a great group of actors reading a script from the page, the thing can come alive in ways it just never has before. This is the band I have been working towards my whole life.”
Which is a pretty good endorsement, if you ask me, so this mini-tour sounds rather exciting.