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heat
Alexander
Berlin

5th July 2015

Good day, doc. Welcome back on the continent. Just wanted to tell you that – as much as I love the heat – I'm just glad that you play indoors on Wednesday here in Berlin. I'll be watching you guys closely together with my guitar teacher from row one! He has seen literally every band in the world, but has - to his own surprise – never been to a MK gig before. We don't care about set lists, but we're simply looking forward to what will be another fabulous show, I'm sure. See you on the road. Alex. Thanks, looking forward to Berlin, as always
Free concert at markknopfler.com
Alberto Fernandez Burgos
Guadalajara, Spain

5th July 2015

Hi Guy, writting you to let you know that the concert they are giving for free (last of the 2013 tour) is the same in flac and mp3 versions. And by the same,I mean same loosy quality, they upconverted the original mp3 into a heaviest flac. So I dont see why are they doing this. Do you Support that way of working?. Although it is free, I feel cheated. I'm not sure how you can feel cheated regarding a free concert. I'm not sure who 'they' are.
accept
Jörg Wert
Germany

5th July 2015

O.k.I'm really does'nt know it before. Maybe (sure) are these rules anywhere to read.But forgive,it's difficult for me to read long texts in english and understand the senses in the first moment,- I need sometimes a Translatorprogram. But I accept your Answer now....! alles wieder schön,- Frieden ??? No worries Jörg, thanks for your understanding. Ich bin froh, dein Freund sein
sorry..
Jörg Wert
Germany

5th July 2015

Hi Guy ! It wasn'nt fair to You, to be changed some words (the song-titles)in my Question.I think, it was a serious Question (in original).Thats my opinion!I can't understand, why this Question(s) every Time to be a reason to You only(simply) make a "Joke". But I can'nt laugh so really. ...sinnlos... ....have a nice Day.... Since you must be new to my forum Jorg. Yes, it was a joke. I do indeed replace song titles with food items as setlist questions are BANNED here. ...urkomisch....Have a nice day.
Ian Thomas
Tom
Peterborough

5th July 2015

Just a quicky, what snare does Ian Thomas use on this tour? Very much interested in purchasing, thanks! It's a DW Ultra Dynamic 14x5.
Monitoring speakers
Paul Matwiy
USA

5th July 2015

Have you had a chance to hear the JBL M2 monitors yet? Just curious to see what you thought of them. No, I haven't. They are clearly high end, would love to check them out at some point.
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SUP?
John
Southern California

5th July 2015

Good day, good Doctor. Just came to hear about this place earlier today (see link) and thought I might share it with you. It's a specialty store at Sea Island, GA, an intersection of a couple of your preferred interests, golf and SUP. I do hope the break afforded you the opportunity to get in plenty of both. Conversely, I spent some of my break at a songwriting workshop, high up in the Enchanted Circle of New Mexico. After a lifetime of playing along with covers, it is somewhat satisfying to have penned one of my own and paired it with music and melody, though I am still penciling in a few things here and there as it settles in. My guess is that sometimes these things have to work around for awhile until comfortability is reached. Certainly can send some thanks your way for the influence your own music, and MK's, has had over the years. Even if I never write another song, I have one less item on my bucket list. Have a great back nine of the European Tour. I'll catch you on the front nine of the NA round. Best, JM http://www.paddleandputt.com/ Thanks John, interesting although I can't see the golf link. There are some courses where access to a tee box could be via an SUP...possibly Mauritius. Yes, I did get some in on the break thanks.
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The boys are back on stage :-)
Nelly
France

5th July 2015

Hello Guy, I hope you all had a nice break ! It's gonna be good to see you again soon "D-13" ! Take care! XXX Nelly cheers
Organs!
Arthur Brendler
Brasil

5th July 2015

Hi Doc. Is well know that two equal guitars, i mean, same brand, woods, pickups, etc, plugged thru the same amp may sound different one each other. Is the same with vintage organs? Same brand, woods, pedals...? cheers. Yes, they are all very different
SAP Mannheim
Svend Christiansen
Liechtenstein

5th July 2015

just a correction I read your comment about the Name SAP Arena in Mannheim the origin or meanung of SAP I know that its a name of a great buissness Software company in Germany. in Hoffenheim the soccer Stadium has the same name But I enjoyes the Concert in Zurich first of June greatest Mark Knopfler Concert I ever heard, IN Munic some years ago I personally met Mr. Cummings and said hello to Mr. Fletcher thanks for the nice marvelous musik you make all together Greetings Svend Christiansen 67 live in Vaduz Liechtenstein but born in Copenhagen was actually many time i Tivoli in my childhood Thanks Svend, I know that...it was a joke.
guitars
Enrico
Italy

5th July 2015

Hello Guy, I was in Amsterdam on last 6h June, thanks for the fantastic concert ! A question : I have to take a decision to buy a guitar (now I have only acoustic guitar), to play your music do you think it is better to choose telecaster, stratocaster or les paul ? What is your opinion about these great models ? Thanks for your reply. Entirely your decision. They are both good guitars but as a first instrument, I would go for a Strat. Go play a few as they are all different.
Live Recordings
Alper Bulucu
Turkey

5th July 2015

Hi! This is Alper from Turkey. You are not paying a visit to Turkey this time during the Tracker Tour :)) But, we'll be traveling to Berlin to see you guys! We'll be the same team again (my dad and my 2 brothers). We can't wait to see you all on stage. I wonder if we'll be able to get the live recordings again. I couldn't see any information on the website for pre-orders. Could you please give me some info about it? With best regards Live recordings can be purchased from Bleecker Street
Answer to the Question
Stephen Butler
Drybrook, Gloucestershizzle

5th July 2015

The answer to the question I posed earlier in the week (I didn't look to see if you put it up) was this: What musician's grave is Mark Knopfler named on? The answer: that of drummer LARRY LONDIN, whose main claim to fame is that he played drums for the final two shows ever performed by Elvis Presley in 1977. But I wracked my brains to wonder what the Dickens could have connected Mr. Londin to Mr. Knopfler? The only possible project he could have played on is the album Neck & Neck with Chet Atkins (who is also mentioned on the grave). Am I right? It couldn't have been On Every Street, I'm pretty sure that was another deceased sticks man, JEFF PORCARO. If I'm wrong, what was it? Cheers and warmest summer wishes, Stephen Although Larrie has never played with us, he is well known and loved amongst our Nashville contingent.
Setlist
Jörg Wert

5th July 2015

Hi Guy ! First:- excuse my bad English, but i hope You can read the sense of my Question/Words.? I'm a Fan since 1979 (DS-Time), and i follow Mark's Music since this Time with pleasure and fanatism. I was visit every Show in the last Years.- And i wonder me; - why do you "hide" so wonerful Songs like: "Sausage" (never live played for public). When i take the 2015' Setlist, can I see a 80% Setlist like the 2013' Privateering Tour.TRACKER -the actual Album contains also very beautiful Songs,- but I havn't found the best parts nowhere in the 2015' Setlist. WHERE ARE: "Tomato Juice",-"Grilled Grits",-"Oyster Dip", "Walnut Salad", "Spicy Tuna"??????.- onother once : "Boiled Eggs"(this super Number) was simple "hide" to a special CD-Set,- Nobody who is going to a normal CD-Shop couldn't heart this Song ever ! Nomally must be this Song "THIS Opener" for a 2015' Tracker Concert. Don't misunderstand me; -surely, must some "MAIN-PARTS" be played on every MK-Concert,- but don't forget the "little Diamonds". Regards,- and in best Hope for the 9'th July Best greetings from Germany to all in UK! Sorry Jörg, you seem to be in the wrong forum.
Photography
mick smith
Leeds

5th July 2015

Guy, would it be possible for you to include a bit of technical information regarding the pictures you take and post in the diary. For instance the lens and settings used such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Many thanks in anticipation. P.s really enjoyed the show In Manchester. Seems so long ago. That would be tricky, even though I have metadata, I'm not sure I'd have the time for such detail. I do save all images for web use (in Photoshop) so their on-screen resolution drops significantly. Most of the images are shot on Auto although more and more are Manual, it all depends on time.
2 blue Pensa's
Pedro De Bruyckere
Ghent, Belgium

5th July 2015

Hi Guy, on the picture of 'guitar land' it looks that there are 2 blue guitars, does this mean there is a back up for the blue Pensa? bye, Pedro Yes, there is a NEW Blue Pensa
Recording Salem
Thorsten Hausmann
hausmann

5th July 2015

Hi Guy, I was in Salem at the show. Top Band, great PA system and a top live sound of your FOH engineer Dave Dixon. Perfect ! Now I bought at Bleeker Street Entertainment the stick with the live concert of Salem. The sound mix is not to compare the quality of the live sound. Marks vocals and guitar are too loud in relation to the rest of the band. Piano and Keys too quite. I have communicated this Bleeker Street and they told me that you check all recordings ! For me, the recording sounds as if I would take the cue aux from Mark Wedges or InEar!. Best regards Thorsten Firstly, I do NOT check all the recordings. I have been offering advice on how they should be mixed and stepped in a few times when they weren't too hot. I will check the recent shows.
Roadrunning DVD
Nick

5th July 2015

Hi Guy, I am typing these lines while watching the Roadrunning DVD. I can't remember exactly but are you the one who did the editing on this DVD? One of the reasons why I love watching it is that there's a lot of close-ups on our old pal Danny and it's a nice tribute to his work in the band. That was a great tour and it brings me a lot of good memories. I know you tend to never look back but sometimes I do and most of the time I love it. Thanks for this testimony: great band, great tour, great sound, great everything! Slightly off topic now, I hope everyone in today's band is in good shape. Enjoy the break as I think you're off for a few days. I put together the audio and mixed it, I didn't do any visuals.
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Henrik Hansen new film?
Julio
East Coast of Iberian Peninsula

5th July 2015

Dear Doc. About Henrik Hansen filming bits of songs in the Copenhaguen concert, I recall you answered me in this forum that there were talks about a longer version of the wonderful (really really wonderful) documentary that Mr Hansen did for Tracker, which was not only beautiful but very short. Does this filming in the Copenhaguen concert has something to do with that longest version, or is it a different project? If you can talk about it, it will be apreciated to have something to look forward to, besides our remaining concerts and the Altamira soundtrack :) I believe that's the idea
FLAC or MP3
Neil Mitchell
Marlow, UK

5th July 2015

Hi Doc I received an email from MK for a free download of privateering 2013 in FLAC or MPV. I'm not technically savvy, could you advise what format I should download as its to my iPad. Best wishes Neil I think an MPV is a military pursuit vehicle, or multi purpose vehicle. Seriously, an mp3 will be fine.
while we are taking a vacation.....
Cheney Coker
Dallas

5th July 2015

Two week break. Golf time. Recharge the batteries and let the equipment dry out. We promise not to talk about set lists (although this two week period would be a great time for you to convince Mark to play that one song you really want to do) and we won't try to guess who the shoes are anymore. So I suggest a new side contest. Who can come up with the best list of who those four pairs of shoes absolutely, positively, most assuredly do NOT belong to. I mean we can scratch Margaret Thatcher off the list because she is dead. But there are lots of living people that stand a really high chance of not being on your jet. Let's not get too snarky, but a moderate amount of eye rolling is permitted. Here's my list to get started.... 1. Simon Cowell 2. The Chef at the Ramada Plaza near JFK Airport 3. The inventor of automated hotel room lighting systems 4. Terence Reis. Can't disagree there
Record producing
Danny
Holland

5th July 2015

Aside from being great musicians , you and Mark have proven to be fine producers as well. I noticed on your website that you are influenced by Phil Spector ( offcourse his musical side and not his need for guns so to speak ). I know producer Phil Spector used a lot of tricks and methods to record as he made such a signature sound. Do you use or tried some of his methods ? Of course
marks dogs
bob whittle
norfolk

5th July 2015

Hi guy been enjoying the Tracker tour went too sheffield and birmingham loved every second of both concerts and your forum. My question is in the film by Henrik Hansen Marks with 2 beautiful grey hounds. Are they Marks and what are they called. Have 2 whippets myself billie and Dave. Totally spoiled. All the best to yourself Mark and the band. Bob in norfolk. marks dogs Yes they are
great SAP show / sound issue
Cybil
Germany

5th July 2015

Dear Doc, thank you all for that great concert in Mannheim, SAP Arena. A wonderful show: so many familiar and well-loved songs excellently played and sung. Very good lighting as well, beautiful colors. Where we were sitting, there was an issue with the sound though. The high end of the spectrum was just over the top, among other things. Do you think the band / crew might reconsider some of the solutions in that quarter, sound quality being such an important factor for the audience’s emotional reaction? (If you ever are not satisfied with the response you are getting – suspect the sound ;-). Please don’t take this as me being disrespectful or ungrateful; nothing could be further from the truth. I admire everyone on stage for their incredible talent, determination and hard work – Mark Knopfler and Band are the best! Good luck for the rest of the tour and take care The sound in a hall such as that is virtually impossible to get right everywhere. There are inevitably areas where the sound will be affected.
A tour question!
Frank White
Italy

5th July 2015

Hi Dr.Fletcher,I would like to ask if in the tour stop in Rome, you'll play piper to the end Thanks a lot.. Fracis! :) You might well ask, but not here!!
Post tour blues
Lars
Groningen

5th July 2015

Cologne. We arrived around 5 in the afternoon, we shared laughs and had a good german meal at the bar next to the arena. Already when I entered the arena I thought: this is going to be a good one. And it was. What a gig. Probably the best I've seen. And the last one of the tour already for me, which meant saying goodbye to other fans, and having already a bit of post tour blues etc. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful music you guys play. After three concerts, my hairs still stand at the beginning of F&S into HFB. It is such a pleasure to see you all having fun on stage and boy, I didn't want to miss it at all. The musicians you are are extremely talented, and after all: such a nice bunch of people. No stardom at all. Just happy to be on the road and play music. So many happy memories are there to be remembered for a very long time. It's not about downloading bootlegs, it's not about watching YouTube movies. Of course, sometimes I wish that you play this song, or that song, or that album or whatever. But it doesn't matter when you go to a concert with a lot of lovely people, meeting up, having laughs and jokes and drinks and smokes, and see some awesome music performed by the best live band which is out there. I don't know if you like it to pass messages on to MK, but you can tell him this for sure: I will keep following him for as long as I life and thank you so much for the inspiration and the happy moments. And of course, thank you too Guy for giving us the greatest insight in the world of touring, and answering all of our questions. Lars Cheers
Tickets
Gary Langridge
Canterbury, Kent

5th July 2015

Hi Guy. Up until last month, I could never get tickets to see you guys. I saw you at the O2. I also attempted to see Dave Gilmour and was on the phone smack on time, waited 14 minutes and it was sold out. Same for ACDC. How you're supposed to get tickets must require a degree in something. My question is this: If you saw a gig coming up and was willing to listen to boring phone music, and it was someone you really wanted to see....who would it be ? I am guessing that you MAY have some friends that could get you tickets, but if you're just a guy like me, who would you wait for ages on the phone for and part with your cash to see? Odd question, but this is a forum and they're supposed to be about fun and knowledge. If you say you want tickets to see me, put your wallet away, I drive a bus lol No, I've sat on the end of a phone many time waiting and being wound up by said tedium. In answer, not many people.
the set list debate
Elliott Hodges
At my house

5th July 2015

Hi Guy, just wanted to say that it strikes me as being REALLY bizarre that this seems to be getting a bigger and bigger problem, the more you guys tour. I would have thought it would get quieter and quieter as people gradually realise that there whines will never make any difference. Here's my take on it. I visit one of the Knopfler forums occasionally to see what people are saying. I don't post etc but just keep an eye out for fun bits. One of the threads that occurs most tours is the "your ultimate setlist" thread. I've tried to think of mine but just can't. Obviously I have preference for some songs more than others but I'd never dare mention any of them here. I think I've come to realise that I simply can't trust myself to come up with a good setlist. Thankfully, I honestly believe that I can trust you guys. I have seen the set lists for some other artists I like that would have disappointed me should I have been at that show-but no, MK and co can be trusted to come up with a good setlist. However, I did miss one song. I missed the excitement I used to feel when I hear the opening bars of "Feelin Good because I knew the band would be coming on. I think you were right to change it though-it would have run its course sooner or later. Have a good break. Elliott Smart words
Are they?
eduardo castillo
Chile

5th July 2015

Chuck looked always smiling in the pictures. New one is a musician in the band. So, what s your previous to Chuck Experience?! Cheers http://wundergroundmusic.com/s[...] That's b###ocks
In-Ear Technology
Leslie
Hot and Humid Florida

5th July 2015

You mentioned the noticeable hearing loss of some of the guys from ACDC and it seems that most of you are mercifully free from hearing damage. When did you guys start using in-ears? - Were they available back in the Dire Straits days, at least towards the end in the 90's? Was the technology any good in the early days and was MK an early adopter or did you have to wait until the technology improved before changing over? I'm sure it must have been quite an adjustment in the beginning. For Mark and I it was love at first listen. We started in 2001.

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