2010 News

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Warning: MK tickets – dodgy site

February 11, 2010

It’s come to our attention that there is a site purporting to have tickets for sale to a number of Get Lucky tour dates. Please be advised MarkKnopflerLive.com is not an authorized ticket seller. We recommend that you do not buy tickets from MarkKnopflerLive.com There are no guarantees that tickets purchased from this site will be honoured as they may be forgeries, or worse, non-existent. To ensure you have the best ticket buying experience, please be sure to only purchase tickets from authorized sellers, such as MarkKnopfler.com, Ticketmaster and LiveNation. You can always visit the Tour page for links to authorized sellers.

Warner Bros DS vinyls reissue

January 30, 2010

Warner Brothers have hit the ground running in 2010 with a vinyl reissue campaign featuring Dire Straits. Each Dire Straits album has been lovingly re-mastered from the original analog master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering, in Hollywood California and pressed on 180 gram European vinyl, at Furnace MFG, Pallas. More info.

UK Music Heritage Plaque award

January 29, 2010

The first gig played by Dire Straits was back in 1977. A number of bands decided to play on a piece of open ground close to John Illsley’s flat at Farrer House on Deptford’s Crossfield Estate, South-East London. On December 3rd 2009, a music heritage plaque was placed on the wall of Farrer House to commemorate that first Dire Straits gig. The award of the plaque, presented by the PRS for music, is part of a national UK campaign to highlight areas where significant musical events have taken place. Mark and John were invited to unveil the plaque. Watch the unveiling ceremony.

Echo nomination

January 27, 2010

Following on from the recent UK Brit nomination, Mark has been nominated for an award in the German Phono Academy’s Echo Awards ‘Best Pop and Rock Artist’ category. Winners will be announced at the end of March.

Update: The category winner was Robbie Williams

New Get Lucky tour date

January 21, 2010

Mark will be making a stop in Nîmes, France as part of the 2010 Get Lucky tour. MarkKnopfler.com will be holding a members-only ticket presale for this show, beginning tomorrow, January 28. Be sure to sign into your account a few minutes before the presales begin for your chance to purchase tickets. Please note, the presale for this show will be for general admission tickets. Visit the Tour page for more details.

BIA – Brit Award Nomination

January 21, 2010

Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms is one of ten albums which have been nominated for a 2010 Brit Award. The nomination is for the ‘Best Album of the Past 30 Years’ category.

Update: The category winner was Oasis

Get Lucky tour – personnel

January 7, 2010

Tour personnel for the forth-coming Get Lucky tour will be:

Mark Knopfler – guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher – keyboards
Danny Cummings – drums
Richard Bennett – guitar
Glenn Worf – bass
John McCusker* – violin, flute, etc
Matt Rollings – piano

*John is unavailable for the North America leg of the tour. His place in the line up will be taken by Tim O’Brien and Michael McGoldrick.