Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Kill To Get Crimson – Single

To be released on the 24th September in the UK and most of the rest of Europe, the first single from the forthcoming Kill To Get Crimson album will be True Love Will Never Fade. This will be available digitally throughout much of Europe and also as a 7″ vinyl in the UK only (at this stage). In the USA and Canada the single will be Punish The Monkey, though a release date for the USA/Canada is yet to be announced.


Third Honorary Degree

Following on from the Honorary Doctorates conferred in 1993 by the University of Newcastle and in 1995 by the University of Leeds, Mark is to receive a third Honorary Doctorate of Music. The degree is to be bestowed by the University of Sunderland in recognition of his “outstanding achievements in the field of music.” You can read more on the University of Sunderland website.

Update – 13th July 2007

The Honorary Doctorate was conferred at an academic awards ceremony held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on the 11th of July.


New Mark Knopfler Album

Mark’s new solo record, Kill To Get Crimson, will be released worldwide on or around 17 September 2007. Mark will be out promoting this latest release in September, which may include some intimate performances in select capital cities.

Track listing for Kill To Get Crimson:

  1. True Love Will Never Fade – 4:21
  2. The Scaffolder’s Wife – 3:52
  3. The Fizzy And The Still – 4:07
  4. Heart Full Of Holes – 6:36
  5. We Can Get Wild – 4:17
  6. Secondary Waltz – 3:43
  7. Punish The Monkey – 4:36
  8. Let It All Go – 5:17
  9. Behind With The Rent – 4:46
  10. The Fish And The Bird – 3:45
  11. Madame Geneva’s – 3:59
  12. In The Sky – 7:29

Musicians are:

Mark Knopfler:  vocals and guitars
Guy Fletcher: keyboards
Glenn Worf: bass guitar and string bass
Danny Cummings: drums and percussion

Additional musicians:

Ian Lowthian: accordion
John McCusker: violin and cittern
Frank Ricotti: vibes
Chris White: flute, saxophone and clarinet
Steve Sidwell: trumpet

Watch this space for further details.


Seven Ages of Rock

Mark was interviewed recently for the BBC series The Seven Ages of Rock. The episode featuring Mark’s contribution will be broadcast on Saturday, 16th June at 9 p.m. on BBC2 and again on Sunday, 17th June at 11 p.m. on BBC1. For further info go to the Seven Ages of Rock website.


New version, Brothers in Arms single – SAMA release

Update – 30th May 2007

Update – 14th June 2007

The new version of ‘Brothers In Arms’ is now available to download at the following sites:

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the single is only available for download in the UK and Ireland.

A new version of the Dire Straits track ‘Brothers in Arms’ is to be released on Tuesday 29th May in aid of the South Atlantic Medal Association. The new version was recorded ‘live’ by Mark for the BBC in a one-take session at the Abbey Road studios in London. The release aims to raise funds to help take veterans of the early 1980s Falklands conflict back to the Falkland Islands, which has proved effective in treating the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by many of those who fought in the war.


The release will be available as a digital download from sites such as iTunes. There will also be a limited number of CD format singles available from June 6th only from and Mark says “I’m touched that my song ‘Brothers in Arms’, which I wrote at the time of the Falklands war, has been chosen to support the many veterans who are still suffering from the effects of that conflict.”

To date, more veterans have died from suicide than were actually killed in the conflict with over 300 dying at their own hands. Many more have had their lives shattered by PTSD. Returning to the islands to lay their ghosts to rest has proven to be a remarkably successful journey in the treatment of PTSD. Of those who have returned SAMA know of no veterans who have subsequently taken their own life. The record will be released in the UK on the 29th of May 2007, the 25th anniversary of the British victory at Goose Green.


Today, June 14, 2007, marks the 25th anniversary of Liberation Day for the Falklands Island conflict. Remember to show your support to the veterans of this conflict by purchasing a copy of the rereleased ‘Brothers in Arms’ at any one of the various online retailers listed above.


Update: Tues 21st August 2007

Musicians on the track are:

Mark Knopfler (guitar & vocals)
Luke Brighty (guitar)
Marcus Cliffe (bass)
Danny Cummings (drums)
Guy Fletcher (keyboards)
Bobby Valentino (Violin & other strings)