Farewell to BB King, the ‘King of the Blues’ who passed away yesterday, aged 89.
“BB King was an enormous influence on me and for countless others. I first heard him on the record ‘Live At The Regal’ at 15, and was struck by the sound and the emotion in his playing and singing and the effect of both on the audience. It was an honour to be a part of ‘BB King and Friends’, his 80th birthday recording of duets. BB will always be in my heart.”
On Friday May 15, Mark Knopfler’s Tracker tour kicks off in Dublin. Complete, high quality live recordings of all shows are available to pre-order now through Bleecker Street Entertainment. The recordings are housed on metal USB concert sticks based on the shape of three different guitars, which Mark actually plays in concert – complete with matching case!
For fans attending Mark’s shows in Germany, USB Concert Sticks can be purchased immediately after the shows at the merchandise booth.
All European customers will also receive a Raumfeld promo code to enter a sweepstake to win either the Raumfeld Stereo L Soundsystem or a 50€ coupon code for other Raumfeld products. More information on Raumfeld can be found here.
Outfit your iPhone 5, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus with cover art from Mark Knopfler’s brand new album, Tracker. Exclusive to the MarkKnopfler.com Store, the HardCase is a tough polycarbonate case made to protect your phone from impact damage and every day wear-and-tear. Simple to install and remove, the one-piece snap-on construction holds tight for maximum protection.
Mark has announced a new date on his upcoming North American tour in support of his latest album, Tracker. On September 15, he’ll perform in Salt Lake City, UT at the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre. MarkKnopfler.com presale tickets for this show go on sale Thursday, April 23 at 12 pm MDT. All of Mark’s upcoming tour dates can be found on the Tour page.
REMEMBER: you must be signed in to your MarkKnopfler.com account to access the ticket presales. To create an account, please click here.
As a special offer for fans attending Mark’s North American tour, a CD copy of Tracker is included with every pair of tickets! Additionally, everyone who orders tickets in the MarkKnopfler.com presales will receive access to live recordings and exclusive merchandise. More details on those offerings will be unveiled soon.
The Colin Davidson Giclée Print is a limited edition fine art print by renowned Irish contemporary artist, Colin Davidson. Limited to 300, each giclée print is hand-numbered and signed by Mark Knopfler and Colin Davidson. It is printed on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta 325 gsm paper, meeting the highest industry standard for density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper and guaranteeing archival standards.
The full print measures 604mm W x 683 mm H with the portrait portion coming in at a stunning 534mm W x 580mm H.
To order this remarkable work, please head to the Store now. Remember, the sooner you place your order, the better chance you have at securing the lowest and most sought-after numbers in the series.
Mark Knopfler’s eighth studio album, Tracker, is out now worldwide.
Tracker is available physically in the MarkKnopfler.com Store on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, and a limited edition box set that will include the album on both CD and vinyl with a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Mark where he talks about the new record.
Tracker can also be purchased digitally through iTunes.
The Honky Tonk Demos feature four songs that were part of the original demo tape Dire Straits recorded in July 1977 at London’s Pathway Studios. These four songs made their way to the desk of legendary BBC London DJ Charlie Gillett. On July 31, 1977 Gillett played the version of “Sultans Of Swing” here on his Honky Tonk radio show that led to the group being signed to Phonogram soon after.
With three tracks previously unreleased, this double pack, mastered for vinyl at Bernie Grundman’s, is a true piece of history. The Honky Tonk Demos is a tribute to the early artistry of Dire Straits and the remarkable musical passion of DJ Gillett, who left us five years ago in March 2010.
The Honky Tonk Demos will be available on vinyl for Record Store Day 2015 which falls on Saturday, April 18.
The Mark Knopfler cover issue of Guitarist goes on sale Friday March 6. You can buy it from WHSmith and most major supermarkets and newsagents or it can be ordered online as a single issue from My Favourite Magazines.