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Compiled by Terry Kilburn

The Princess Bride in Concert

June 3, 2021

Mark’s original score for the beloved film, ’The Princess Bride’, has been newly orchestrated and will have its world premiere on 31st July at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Performed live-to-picture by the renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic, and conducted by David Newman, this is set to be a magical evening under the stars. Tickets and information here:  

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Encores vinyl update

June 1, 2021

Dire Straits’ live EP ‘Encores’ for Record Store Day 2021 will now be released on Black Friday. Originally released in 1993, this limited edition reissue has been newly remastered and pressed on beautiful pink vinyl. This release also comes with an exclusive embossed lithograph – well worth waiting for. Save the date and get a copy from your local independent retailer on November 26thhttps://RecordStoreDay.lnk.to/StoresEM

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Bogus Instagram Accounts

May 12, 2021

A friendly reminder to all Mark Knopfler fans that the only official and legitimate Mark Knopfler social media accounts bear the blue verification tick:

Twitter.com/MarkKnopfler

Facebook.com/MarkKnopfler

Instagram.com/MarkKnopfler

Fake and imitation profiles are an unfortunate inevitability online, but you should always remain vigilant. If you receive a direct message from anyone purporting to be Mark, and at any point asking you for money, we recommend that you do not reply to them. Block and report the account through the relevant social media platform’s reporting process.

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Golden Heart 25th Anniversary

March 24, 2021

To celebrate 25 years of Mark’s debut solo album ‘Golden Heart’, watch his 1996 ‘A Night In London’ concert in its entirety, this Friday 26th March. The full concert will be available to watch on Mark’s YouTube channel from 5pm GMT / 10am PT for 48 hours only. Subscribe and set a reminder here

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LH & BIA half speed mastered vinyl

March 19, 2021

Mark’s debut film soundtrack for Local Hero and Dire Straits’ record-breaking Brothers In Arms are out today on half-speed mastered vinyl. Both albums have been remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, and are pressed on 180gsm black vinyl

Originally released in 1983, the Local Hero soundtrack went on to be nominated for the BAFTA award for Best Score for a Film in 1984. The album’s signature theme tune Going Home is played before every home game of Mark’s home team, Newcastle United FC.

Order your copies of both half-speed masters here. [link: https://direstraits.lnk.to/HalfSpeedMastersEM]

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To celebrate the Dire Straits Brothers In Arms half-speed master release today, stream on Spotify on your mobile to explore a new visual experience for the album, featuring new Canvas and Storylines giving insight into each song.

[LINK: https://direstraits.lnk.to/BIASpotifyEM]

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Chris Barber

March 6, 2021

‘Trombonist Chris Barber, who passed away on March 2nd, aged 90 was a pivotal figure in the shaping of modern rock music, from playing bass on the first British rock record, Rock Island Line with Lonnie Donegan in 1954, to organising tours of the U.K. by many major US blues artists.

I have happy memories of getting to know Chris as well as playing with him when he was a guest of The Notting Hillbillies at Ronnie Scott’s in 1998.’

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‘Goodbye Kerry’

January 28, 2021

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‘It’s painful to have to report more sad news in such sad times: but Kerry Lewis, a much loved and treasured member of our touring crew for many years, passed away on January 26th.

Kerry had been combating cancer for some time and finally succumbed to his illness. Kerry was a lovely and talented guy, our stage monitor sound engineer and a tremendous asset to our team. The success of every performance was what drove him endlessly.  

All our thoughts go out to Kerry’s family and friends at this time. Goodbye Kerry – we’re all raising a glass in the direction of your beloved Wales.’ – MK

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BIA & Local Hero half speed masters

January 27, 2021

‘BROTHERS IN ARMS’
HALF-SPEED MASTER OUT 19 MARCH

‘Brothers In Arms’ half-speed master will be available on 19th March, remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios.
Originally released in 1985, ‘Brothers In Arms’ features the hit singles ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Walk Of Life’, ‘So Far Away’, ‘Brothers In Arms’ and ‘Your Latest Trick’. The half-speed album master is pressed on double 180gsm black vinyl, with a series branded obi-strip and certificate of authenticity from Abbey Road Studios, as well as a full colour outer sleeve with printed inner sleeves.

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‘LOCAL HERO’
HALF-SPEED MASTER OUT 19 MARCH

The half-speed master of Mark Knopfler‘s acclaimed soundtrack to the film ‘Local Hero‘ will also be available on vinyl on 19th March, featuring the theme tune ‘Going Home’.

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Winner

January 8, 2021

Mark would like to sincerely thank everyone who entered his Stagehand #ILoveLive guitar prize draw to support production crew particularly hit by the Covid-19 crisis. Together you raised over £69,000 which will go a very long way to helping. 

Congratulations to the winner: Richard L. of Belgium.

You can still donate to Stagehand here: http://ow.ly/Y9bk50D2kZm

Keep an eye out for the next round of Stagehand #ILoveLive prize draws coming up soon, which will include more amazing items donated by artists and the music industry.

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