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Baby sleep
Julio
Kingdom of Valencia

1st October 2014

Hi Doc. I have a 13 months old baby girl and I´m sure you remember how difficult is for them to sleep. One day in a totally random way, I discovered that the film scores by MK with you on keys worked very well for her, she relaxes little by little with a lovely smile and after two or three songs she sleeps like the baby she is... Brilliant. Thank you very much for helping creating this lovely music :) Thanks. Try "my album", that's great for falling asleep to...
Tickets prices - Italy
Isabella Lari
Rainy Tuscany

1st October 2014

Dear Guy, as you said you can't access ticket prices for Italy, here they are, see the link. At the moment, no tickets prices are appearing on the most important ticket service in Italy, Ticketone.it, they are just on the italian Promoter website. And yes, especially for Lucca, they are higher than usual, which is around 40 or 50 euros. The Summer Festival in Lucca usually has good prices, except for some "special" events (last summer there was Stevie Wonder playing there, it was the only date he played in Italy and the prices were from 85 to 125 euros), that's why the fans are a little bit upset. Have a nice day. http://www.dalessandroegalli.c[...] Thanks for that Isabella
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Tickets and things
Dominique
Antwerp, Belgium

1st October 2014

Hey Doc, Been a long time, errrrrr ... everything ok over there? About tickets; have it here in front of me on the table, same category of tickets at the same venue; in 2013 for 5 tickets was 395 €, in 2015 for 5 tickets is 400 €! Seems pretty much the same to me! :-)) About beers for the upcoming tour ..... you have to try a Karmeliet sometime, somewhere ... Best, Dom Will do
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Finally !!!!
patrick vincent(the tennisman)
Nice

1st October 2014

Hey Guy, So nice to read yesterday you were playing in Nice !! Last time you were supposed to play here Mark was bumped by a car as he was riding his motorbike ....PLEASE TELL HIM TO BE VERY CAREFULL ... I had alreayd taken 2 tickets to see you guys in Amsterdam but no problem.Twice is better than once. Any news regarding your own album ??? You must be a very busy these days.... Yours Patrick The last time i went to Amsterdam it had a terrible effect on me ......Take care Guy. Yep, busy times
Ancient gear
Beppe
Italy

1st October 2014

Dear Guy, I always appreciated the care you and Mark put on searching for THE sound. Results prove it's worth the task. For example the atmosphere on "Redbud tree" thanks to that old restored harmonium that you bought on-line is really fantastic! Did you, Mark or any musician involved expressed any interest in or suggested the use of ancient instruments like, for axample, hurdy-gurdy, dulcimer, viola da gamba, theorbo, etc...? Plenty more of that heading your way soon!
“Fight for Physical”
Nat
Sunny Sweden

1st October 2014

Hello Guy and forumers. My contribution to this interesting debate. I personally believe there is nothing better than vinyl when it comes to listening to music, for the whole experience: the touch, the smell, the sound of course, reading the liner notes, etc. Next best thing is CDs.(* No sorry, the best thing is enjoying the music live of course). However, these days we have to think about the planet’s ressources, the strain that producing “stuff” puts on it. Here we have a product that doesn’t “need” to be physical to be accessible (unlike, for example, eeer, I don’t know, a rain jacket?) so surely this has to be a good thing. BUT and that’s a big one, it doesn’t mean it should be 1) of lesser quality and 2) free. So “fight for quality music that can be purchased and downloaded over the internet”. Ok, it’s not as catchy as your “Fight for Physical”, I’ll try and come up with something better. Anybody heard what’s happening to PONO by the way? They were promising pretty much that, hope it lives up to the hype. Haven't heard much about Pono recently. Whilst the concept is great, I'm not sure everyone will like the hardware. Our personal devices will surely be incorporating hi res players soon. If not already.
Tickets prices..why much more expensive ?
Mauro Zizza
Spinazzola - Italy

1st October 2014

Sorry for the question...but why the tickets of this tour are much more expansive (more or less double priced) than the Privateering tour ? Who do decide the ticket prices ? I know that in this time of economic crisis to go to a concert is not strictly necessary but I think it is very sad that concerts are becoming almost a luxury for the few and not within the reach of all the fans and all budgets. What do you think about this ? I look forward to the new album. It does seem that ticket prices vary wildly. I'm not sure why. I can't engage in this discussion right now as I'm sure you'll appreciate, mixing the album comes first. Update - We've mixed 8 tracks so far.
not a question, just my opinion
daniele costanzo
italy

1st October 2014

2013 tour: 63 euros (i was in the first row); 2015 tour 115.26 euros for the first row..............a little bit higher i think........ It does appear that ticket prices vary. Why, I couldn't tell you.
Tour and CD
Giuseppe Lava
Italy

1st October 2014

Hi Guy, I hope I write a corect english in the precedent questions about the ticket. and I hope I have not written the wrong things (if so I apologize ... google traslate)!!!! Anyway, I wanted to thank you to the work of diary that each time realized for us fans, it's fantastic. One questions/curiosity about the registrations of CD:Recording sessions take a less period than other times? Thank you Many thanks.
Tour
Giuseppe Lava
Italy

1st October 2014

Hi Guy, Congratulations for the new tour and the new album!!! Fantastic... I'm sure that will be a creat CD as usual and a grat tour. Sorry for my english I want to ask you a thing about the tickets...I saw that many Italian fans you have written. Also I wanted to ask if prices are correct or if there was a mistake ... and I saw that on the Italian forum mark knopfler many fans were a bit 'disappointed. I think because you make concerts in Italy at prices that everyone could afford. IN these years, I, my father and my uncles we were looking so cute from your concerts followed in the audience because you feel an atmosphere of celebration, of joy in playing that you can not grasp in the other concerts...beautiful.... if I remember correctly, the tickets for the platea (audience) in past years (except the concert with bob dylan) costs about 60-65 €. In the site of italian organizators (http://www.dalessandroegalli.com/events/323/mark-knopfler) is write that the ticket for the platea costs 85 € + presale... in italy mean about 93 €.are the correct prices? Sorry if I do these questions, but you're always a point of reference for us!!!! I'll go with my family to see, however, that we will only sit a bit 'as far and this thing I'm very sorry (and I've read that it is the thought of many italian fans) I hope I have spelled correctly and I hope I have not offended you! You are always the best!!!!! Thanks but I can't help you with ticket price enquiry's.
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Loudness War
Michael
Piney Woods of W. Louisiana

1st October 2014

I think you've been asked about this before, but I've been seeing more chatter about the "Loudness War" recently, and came across this article by a public radio DJ. You agree with his take? I know Mark's recordings are relatively better on this front. When y'all send the final mix off to be mastered, do you give "instructions" as to compression/loudness? http://www.georgegraham.com/co[...] Our trusted and extremely talented mastering engineer, Bob Ludwig is well aware of our requirements in that department. I don't see it as a war against loudness since it's very possible to make great sounding records with minimal compression....if you know what you're doing. It does seem that many engineers get busy annihilating anything vaguely resembling dynamic range.
Only 4 dates in France ?
FRED
France

1st October 2014

Can you Tell us if all dates in France are announced or not yet ? I hope 2 or 3 dates more, 11dates in Germany ??? Thank you No..I am mixing the album.
Keep Waltzing
Pavel Fomenkov
Saint Petersburg

1st October 2014

Traditional question: will there be any waltzes on a new MK record? If so, I hope it will be as cool as two only waltzes from Privateering: Kingdom Of Gold and River Of Grog. They always appear somewhere
The Man\'s Too Strong
Some guy
France

1st October 2014

Funny to learn that TM'sTS was actually considered for the setlist of a previous tour, as I happened to say to myself, maybe at the time of the Shangri-la Tour, (or was it the Kill to Get Crimson Tour??) that the song would perfectly fit a MK concert! No question for the Doc here, just reacting... It was actually the GL tour
US west coast
Aaron Boudreau
Ottawa, Canada

1st October 2014

Hey Doc, I saw a few dates posted on markknopfler.com last week for shows on the west coast of the States, including Seattle, San Fran, and Oregon. The dates were for early October 2014. The info has since been removed off the site. Perhaps it was a typo, and they are October 2015 dates. What do you think? I couldn't say
Price
Frédéric Pondevie

1st October 2014

Guy I agree with Mauro Zizza for the price...108 € for the concert in Paris! It's not just 10% more than the last tour! But 30-40%....In Belgium the prices start at 50 €.... I don't understand sincerely... Fred
Prices..
Dazzi Michele

1st October 2014

Dear Doc, I confirm you the significant, probably from D'Alessandro e Galli side, raise of the tickets' costs. Last year I was first row in Piazzola sul Brenta e Lucca and paid 61 euros buying them from Markknopfler.com, this year, same origin, I had to pay (for the least well placed second choice ticket..) 82 euros. If I'd would have be in the same place of the 2013 I'd have to fork out 115 euros. That is. Explaination is in the very different placement of the best placed seats: in 2013 they were few and in a sort of stand apart from the crowd, in a nice and luxury position. This time they've simply replaced them with the first and central row. In any case, there was a significant amount from 61 to 82 euros even considering "second choice" seats. Sorry for my bad english. Have a nice day, Doc. Looking forward for the new album and to see you again. Will be, as ever, a good time. Michele.
U2
Alexander
Berlin

1st October 2014

Hi Doc, and Mike Child and everyone else discussing the new U2 album. Sorry, but you guys should either capture the full story or leave the discussion to people who first gather information and then form an opinion and not the other way round. The truth is: U2 did all this to send a signal that music is indeed not to be available for free. They got paid by Apple. So the album is not for free. It's just another way of distribution. Maybe it's not the future way, but at least there are people like U2 experimenting with new ways, trying to start a discussion on distribution ways and how young musicians are still able to make music and still put food on the table, pay the rent etc. It's not U2 ruining the business, it's all this streaming shit like Spotify etc. And it's the people watching and listening to everything for free on youtube. But sure, it's easier to blame U2 than starting it all with oneself. You guys don't have to become U2 fans. There are enough out there. Just be a little bit more reflective rather than just doing the typical stupid U2-bashing. And apart from it all: The new album is a masterpiece and I wish other musicians I admire would take a little longer for a new album, work with different producers or change the producing team altogether in order to come up with some innovations in their own Oevre. Best, Alex. Point taken Alex, opinions of U2 and Bono aside, it is a unique distribution method which neither endears me to Apple (whose computers I love) or the band. The fact is, it is marketed as 'for free'. That's not a great message. The deal they made was lucrative in the extreme ($100million marketing budget). I'm not blaming U2 for the state of our industry but they're not exactly helping. When Paul McGuinness gave up the reigns at the U2 office, the band (brand) went fully corporate.
Tour
Sandrine
France

30th September 2014

We are looking forward to see you in Paris. But prepare ventilators : Le Zenith is a sauna!
Privateering and The Man's Too Strong..
Dazzi Michele

30th September 2014

Well they both came from the same brain. AH!AH!AH! Nice one, Doc!!!
Tour and differences between fans
Dazzi Michele

30th September 2014

Dear Guy, it is a real pity that even other european fans wouldn't receive a copy (given the quite expensive, at least compared with previous fares, prices of tickets..) of the CD Tracker when buying two or more ticket from official site in presale as stated here below, but valid only to the lucky ones purchased tickets for UK dates.. "Fans who participate in our presales for Mark’s UK dates will receive a CD copy Tracker with every order of two tickets or more! Additionally, everyone who orders tickets in our presales will receive access to live recordings and exclusive merchandise. More details on those offerings will be revealed later this year." Hoping the one responsible of these choice, and recognizing that is a very good and valuable for fans initiative, could change his mind, even in the form of digital download, for the other european fans. Have a nice day, Guy!
Man's Too Strong
Tom

30th September 2014

Anyone else noticed how scarily similar Man's Too Strong is to Privateering? Well they both came from the same brain.
Mixing Tracker Tracks
Wolfgang
Northern Germany

30th September 2014

Hi, are you still mixing (the MK album)? Is it a rather lonely job to do or is Mark also around? Just wondering.. And the unevitable question (someone has to ask): How many tracks will Tracker have? Thanks and all the best, W. Yes, Mark and I are in Studio 2, we're over half way through the mixing process. It's all sounding great.
Ticket charges
Michael Bailey
Newcastle UK

30th September 2014

Hi Guy I know you're far removed from any of this, and I appreciate that you can't comment on it, but I just have to vent. Forgive me. Like a loyal fan, I followed the presale instructions for tickets for the Newcastle Arena show, buying four at £65 each. I'm a but put out to hear a friend of mine has just bought comparable tickets directly from the Arena for £50, without a fee. I'm not naiive - I expect a transaction fee when buying online, but £15 per ticket?? £60 total for four tickets? That hurts. Just sayin'. Still, looking forward to the album and tour.
Tickets prices..
Dazzi Michele
Italy

30th September 2014

Dear Doc, this morning I've waited patiently (I took my time off work appositely..) to buy a couple of ticket for your Italy tour dates, but with great displeasure, I saw that they were (in spite of the crisis..) significantly more expensive than the past and anyway in general. I know Mark has been sensitive (respect to other artists) in this sense to his fans, but now I see he, or someone that decides these things, has reached his colleagues levels. What a pity. Best regards, Michele.
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MK.com made my day
Nelly
France

30th September 2014

Hi Guy ! So glad to see that you will be back at the Guitare en Scène festival in Saint Julien En Genevois! What an amazing venue it was ! THANK YOU SO MUCH XXX Nelly Are we? great. Looking forward to it
Another Retro-Style Question
Stephen Butler
Drybrook, Gloucestershunt

30th September 2014

My dear Dr. Fletcher: This morning I awoke to discover that, two weeks ago, details were announced of Mark's new album and tour. Oh, shizzle, I thought, that means you and the boys will be too busy with a question that's been, like, burning on my mind since August 28th inst. I'm not expecting much of an answer mainly because it's been (bloody hell!) thirty years but it concerns that wonderful Brothers in Arms track The Man's Too Strong. It is simply this: how did you do it? The quiet, lilting bits under the verses I get, but it's when - whoosh! - the instrumental passages between the verses come in that have always puzzled me. Can you remember anything about the keyboards / patches that were used for that bit? It must have been quite a struggle to produce such an epic work, given the diametrically opposed nature of the two sections - one loud, and one quiet. Nowadays, all sorts of binary jiggery-pokery would make such an enterprise relatively easy (I imagine), but then? When keyboards were fired with paraffin and earwax and digital recording was in its infancy, soon to start nursery school? Perhaps, to celebrate Brothers in Arms' 50th anniversary (no harm in planning early) Mark might consider whacking The Man's Too Strong (I say, Matron!) into the set list for next year just to show us young oiks how it's done. Anyway, I imagine you'll be thinking about packing soon so I'll let you get on. Cheers! Stephen. Actually, it nearly made it to the set a couple of tours ago. One of my faves for sure...as for patches, I still have the DX1 and sounds used on that track.
U2
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

29th September 2014

Have to say I absolutely agree with your comment regarding the U2 album. Music is being devalued by things like this. I can honestly see the day when physical formats will no longer exist and we'll all be streaming music over the Internet. Music seems to be turning into a commodity - a throw-away product. I think it's an incredibly sad state of affairs. Join the ""..Fight for Physical..""
Pissy Englishman!
Mark DeHart
Charlotte NC

29th September 2014

Doctor Fletcher, I swear by God if I wasn't busy with George Clooney's wedding,the launching of my new Bono Spec sunglasses or my meetings with North Korea/South Korea I swear I would ride my 68 BSA down there and whup your ass... But I can't I want another Nobel... FU! Bono now now
no Q. Just U2
Maarten Van Pottelberghe

29th September 2014

now that was interesting, seeing your position on Apple's U2 Album release and U2 in "general" well how else could one view such a move?

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