News Archives: September 2012

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Mark and Dylan North America Tour

There seems to be some confusion about the form of Mark’s performance on the upcoming North American tour with Bob Dylan. Mark will be performing a 70 minute set with his own band prior to Bob’s performances each night. These will be full electric and the band consists of:

Mark Knopfler
Guy Fletcher
Richard Bennett
Glenn Worf
Ian Thomas
Jim Cox
John McCusker
Mike McGoldrick

We look forward to seeing you there.


Mark Knopfler Guitar Stories

Guitar Stories At 10 pm (UK time) on October 16 Sky Arts 1 will air the first in a new TV documentary series called Guitar Stories. Presented by John Illsley, the first of these programmes features Mark talking about some of the guitars from Hofners to Pensas that have helped shape his career.

You can follow the series on Twitter: @GuitarStoriesUK and check out the Guitar Stories Mark Knopfler Facebook trailer here


A Message From Mark

I’ll never forget the day my father came home from work to tell us that one of his colleagues, a supposedly educated man, had said: “What do I care if the rhino becomes extinct?”

I was a young teenager then and today this is a very real danger.  Due to man’s greed we may well lose these amazing animals forever.

Last year I was lucky enough to visit the Waterberg area in South Africa and to meet a man there named Anthony Baber, who has dedicated his life to preserving rhino.

A kilogram of rhino horn is now worth $75,000 on the street in the East. Last year 463 rhino were poached in South Africa and this year over 340 so far. Recently our friends lost a beautiful rhino cow to poachers. She was the only one who did not have a guard with her. Fortunately the 22 month old calf survived and he is old enough to be weaned. I hate to show these horrific pictures but it is the stark reality we are facing.

Ant’s wife Tessa told me: It seems in the future we are going to have to do what they do in Kenya and have armed anti-poaching guys with each animal or if we can eventually raise sufficient funds put in a military type radar system which are now available which would detect any person coming across fences or on the property.  The success of this sort of system is that it then allows one to actually catch them before they do the deed.  It would also possibly allow us to take on other owners’ rhinos in order to protect them. Anyway we are enormously grateful if you can just put it on your website to allow us to create more awareness of this disaster.

 If anyone out there would like to help with preserving rhino on a grass roots level, please get in touch with [email protected]

Many thanks






Dylan Tour Presales

Earlier this summer we offered you your first chance at great tickets for many of the dates on Mark’s autumn tour with Bob Dylan. This Monday, September 10, the presales for the remaining 18 shows will begin. Please see the Tour page for the exact start times.

You will need a free membership to participate in these presales so if you don’t have one yet, please create one now and be sure to log in just before the start of the sale for your chance at some of the best seats in the house.

Please also have your credit card handy, as we no longer store that information. And speaking of credit cards, we are happy to now offer our customers the ability to purchase with American Express.


Two More Spanish Dates Announced, Istanbul Venue Confirmed

We have even more tour news to share today!

First, two new dates have been added in Spain, on July 29 in Gijon and July 30 in San Sebastian. Second, the venue for the previously announced April 27 show in Istanbul has now been confirmed as the Atakoy Athletics Arena. The Store will be hosting presales for all three of these dates. For full details please see the Tour page.


Privateering Available Now

At last, Mark Knopfler’s new two-disc solo album, Privateering, is available worldwide. The album has drawn four-star reviews from the Financial Times and the Telegraph, while the Telegraph has also published an interview with Mark today.

Ask for Privateering at your favourite local record store, or order it direct from the Store now.


More European Dates Announced

The next round of Mark Knopfler’s 2013 Privateering tour dates have been announced. member presales for 27 of 29 new shows will begin on September 5. Check the Tour page for start times of presales for these newly announced shows. Please note we will not be conducting a presale for the Russian dates, so keep an eye on the Tour page for public sale details.

If you’re new to the ticket presales, visit our FAQ section for answers to any questions you may have.