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Alexander
Berlin

27th May 2015

Hello Doc, I hope you're well. Just a quick question concerning your London gigs. Now, when a professional football team has a home game, the players nevertheless stay in a hotel the night before - although they live in the same city – simply to keep the pressure level up fot the game. I was wondering whether musicians like MK do the same when for example playing London gigs? I would imagine that you are on a different pressure level when staying at home, aren't you? Thanks and best, Alex. It's true but it doesn't affect our accommodation plans
Spelling!
Paul Graber
Guildford

27th May 2015

Guy, Knowing how (rightly) fussy you are about grammar and spelling, please be aware that the word you're looking for in the heading of today's diary is 'grandeur' not 'grandure'. Cheers Paul ( who enjoyed seeing you at the O2 the other night) thanks Paul, what a numbskull!
weird box behind you on stage
Davinity
London

27th May 2015

Hi Guy amazing show last night! MK and all on top form. Interesting selection of songs, would be interested to see how much that has changed over the course of the tour. Just a weird one- behind you on stage was a large wooden-looking box with cone shaped things whizzing round at the top at different speeds. What is it? air conditioning, smoke machine, or a cooling system? Bit random but caught my eye as it kept going at different paces. Davinity :-) I love it. That is the Leslie cabinet for the Hammond organ. It's a rotary speaker controlled by a switch on the front of the keyboard as can be seen clearly in the first pic on the RAH diary page today
Annoying spotlight
Jim
Kent

27th May 2015

Hi Guy. One for your lighting guys. Low level spotlights at the back. Second one in from the left as you look at the stage behind Jim. Must be missing a filter. So bright that we had to look away during four songs at the RAH. Particularly bad during (setlist protection) the second of the two consecutive new songs when the entire circle couldn't look at the stage at all, and then again (same light different colour) at the end of the last song of the main set before the encore. Otherwise enjoyed the evening. J I don't think those lights use filters, probably a glitch
Tour Diary
Teresa Allman
Orange County, Ca.

27th May 2015

Where's the tour diary from Royal Albert Hall? Too much partying afterwards with Ruth and the band? Yep
Extra beans for dinner?
Raymond Hill
Beckenham

27th May 2015

It's Wednesday morning and I can't help wondering whether Mark, you and the rest of the band had an extra helping of beans yesterday? I was at the Royal Albert Hall in '05, '08, '10, '13 and again yesterday (Tuesday) and yesterday was the best performance I have seen by far. The band was so tight, it was brilliant. Yes, always upping the game
thank you
Elliott Hodges
Bedfordshire

27th May 2015

just wanted to say thank you for a superb show last night. I honestly believe you get better and better each time I see you. Ruth's set was AMAZING. I was satisfied with my ticket price before you guys came in stage. One thing that I have noticed about the shows, when I first saw you in 2008, the hall was over half empty for Bap Kennedy and then in 2010, more people came for Kate Walsh. Fast forward three and five years respectively and the hall seems to be full for Ruth Moody. Have you guys noticed this and is it common across all venues? I think it's great to see more people appreciating the support act too. Many thanks. Elliott Yes we have noticed and it's great.
not a setlist comment
Cheney Coker
Dallas

27th May 2015

I downloaded one of your soundboard recordings and the current tour sounds amazing. The often repeated phrase "Have you been to one of the shows" is a good summation as a lot of the songs didn't sound like what I expected them to. The new ones don't really sound like they do on the CD (which is cool because if I wanted to hear the CD why go to the show?)and the ones you have played live before are more interesting. I was especially impressed with the ways you musically transitioned between some songs instead of just stopping and starting the next song up. Those transitions are really nice and unexpected. A particular compliment to the way you started the concert with this really cool rhythm track, I'm assuming that is coming from you, and then Ianto joins in and eventually the song starts and my first thought was, "That lead in was for THAT song? How cool is that?" Eventually that rhythm track blends in with Ianto and it makes sense with the song, heck it may even be buried somewhere on the CD but I never heard it because the original is very lean, but it really flipped that tune in a different direction for me. Very unexpected and very nice. Many thanks
Happy belated Birthday
Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris France

27th May 2015

Hello Guy, Just noticed today that it was your birthday the other day so, Joyeux Anniversaire Guy!!! Sorry for the delay but better late then never!! Best wishes for the future. Thanks again for your kindness. Many Greetings from Paris. Thanks
RAH 25/05/15
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

27th May 2015

Just got back home to boring old Chandler's Ford after a terrific weekend in London. What a show at the Albert Hall on Monday. I was blown away yet again. And this time we had the added bonus of seeing Ruth Moody playing a set beforehand. I've said it before but I honestly think she has the best female voice I've ever heard. Last night was confirmation of that. She just doesn't put a foot wrong. Her band is not bad either! I strongly suspect I will remain a committed fan of hers. Difficult to say what I thought of the MK set without going on and on and on, but needless to say it was incredible, as Mark's shows always are. The chemistry between the band, the sound...everything just the best it could possibly be. My only (extremely minor) criticism would be that Mark's voice didn't always quite cut through the mix as well as I thought it did at Brighton and Bournemouth in previous years. I don't think there was anything wrong with Mark's voice itself because even when he was talking on some occasions (such as during the band intro) it wasn't that easy to make out what he was saying. Perhaps it's just the nature of the venue, which is obviously very different to what I'm used to! Anyway. Thanks to Mark and everyone in the band and everyone else who makes it all happen. See you on the next tour. Please don't ever stop. Thanks Mike
Drums
Mary Treisbach
RAH

27th May 2015

Hi Guy Nice to see you after the show - I was the one who celebrated her birthday with the RAH show last night and wished you a happy belated one. I was proudly wearing my Get Lucky tour shirt. Quick question on the RAH. We were in row 15 left side and there seemed to be an echo of the drums throughout the show. Do you guys hear that on stage? Just wondering. Thanks and continue to enjoy the tour and entertain us with this great blog. The band looks like you are all enjoying the experience. No, because of our in-ear monitoring, we don't have any perspective re. Out front sound. It's difficult in the extreme to maintain good sound around the whole venue so echoes and SnapBack is inevitable.
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Sound last night
Dan
SW3

27th May 2015

Could you tell there was something wrong with the sound in the first 2 songs? I was in the 5th row and almost couldn't hear Mark's guitar at all. Well done to the sound guys for fixing it up. Dublin, Manchester, O2, RAH so far and no complaints from my side but above all, the HOPE that Mark will come to his senses and play the best song in Tracker. You know the one I mean. See you in the evening chief. No
RAH
James Morris
Kent

27th May 2015

Did you all give each other a kick up the backside after the first night? It was as if you'd all been out partying on the day off!!! Sound was awful for first couple of songs as well. Well whatever you did it worked, as the 2nd night was awesome. Possibly the best yet. Anyway that's 9 down and zero to go for me. Thanks for the UK leg . It's been fun. My concert going for this year is rounded off by Fleetwood Mac tonight at the O2. Enjoy the rest of the tour.
In answer to Rob
Chris
United Kingdom

26th May 2015

Rob, there was an appearance on totp circa 1981, see the link below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
bleecker street
suzy
los angeles

26th May 2015

Hi Guy! To those trying to decide which concert recordings to buy, Bleecker Street posts the set list after each concert. Hope this helps.Thanks so much to you and Richard for the tour diaries! Suzy http://www.bleecker-street-sho[...]
happy birthday late and MK'S boots
tony tony
padua

26th May 2015

HI Guy happy birthday!! Sorry for delay!!! And I recognized the Mark's boots, they used in last tour Dire Straits cool !!!! bye see you in Milan....Tony
VW Sponsor
GP
Ascot

26th May 2015

Doc, Be sure to make sure you get some nice free goodies out of your sponser. When they sponsored Pink Floyd it was rumoured that the band members each got one of these "Golfs" on this link. It would be so cool if they did a special edition car for us Mark Knopfler fans like they did for Floyd (Well for those that would be lucky enough to afford it) I heard they sold well in Germany. But I am sure VW are looking after you all..... http://forums.vwvortex.com/sho[...]
From Birmingham to the RAH
Hazel
Bucks UK

26th May 2015

Dear Doc, it was interesting that you said the Birmingham gig felt very relaxed, because it certainly felt that way to me, as a member of the audience. What a great show. I stayed on one of the NEC hotels, as did many others, and it was great to walk across to the venue with people you’d never met before, and to share a few drinks after. (No we never did find out about the bits of paper – someone’s discarded shopping list, perhaps?) And then on to the RAH. What a blinder! Birmingham was superb but the RAH was superlative. All the band were on the very toppest of top form; it’s a matter of constant amazement to me how many different instruments you can play between you, and so very well. I won’t comment on individual songs because of the set-list ruling, but Ruth’s opener was fantastic too – so wonderful to hear “Pockets” live (is it OK to say that?) Thank you all a million times. Thanks for respecting the set list rule. Yes Ruth was sublime last night
Feliz Cumpleanos Amigo!
Mark DeHart
Charlotte NC

26th May 2015

Hi Doc, Happy belated birthday! May your drives be long and true, your putter always faithful and the wind in your favor! I have been following your forum/website for 10+ years and that's my gift from you! You and Richard( andd the youtuber videos) keep us on tour till we get our chance to see you! Hope your Bday was all you wanted it to be. See you in Charleston Oct 26! Mark Thanks
TV
Rob Reynolds
UK

26th May 2015

Hi Guy, Congratulations so far with the tour, it seems like you are all having fun again. Can you settle an argument I'm having with another fan.... He says that DS had previously appeared on Top Of The Pops (in the studio) but my memories are that you guys never appeared on the show (unless they screened a video. I'm aware of the now classic apprerance on the Old Grey Whistle Test but never on TOTP. Can you confirm? Sorry, I have absolutely no idea
BB King and happy belated birthday
Joeri
Belgium

26th May 2015

Hi Guy, first of all: a happy belated birthday! With BB King passing away recently (RIP BB) I was rediscovering some of his music and found the track All Over Again where Mark plays guitar. Did they meet up to record the track or was it recorded seperately? Do you know if BB had specific wishes as to what he wanted Mark to do with it? Or did he give Mark the opportunity to "do his thing with it"? I wasn't around so I cannot say
RAH
Anthony Nash
Hampshire

26th May 2015

Guy, Just wanted to say thanks for a great show last night at the Albert Hall. The wife, sister and brother in law had a great evening. Did you have a problem with your acoustic on one of the longer songs, or was that just a tuning change? Thanks, no, I was just retuning as sometimes I like to go to a drop D for the playout.
Reflecting after a long sqwak
Dermot O'Reilly
Kinnegad Co Westmeath,Ireland

26th May 2015

Hi Guy, just a reflection on the first show in Dublin I attended. It was about the 10th time seeing Mark play live over the years since live in '85 and in all his incarnations it was a first time I at least had witnessed him becoming part of the audience, just standing back and admiring the band playing without himself being part of the mix - almost like he was thinking I've done it they don't need me anymore ;-) thanks chaps R&J was one of the best performances I've heard the old national sounded fab. Very well spotted Dermot. We are seeing another evolution.
Happy birthday
Michael
The Netherlands

26th May 2015

A little too late, but I hope you had a good one! Thanks for the great show in Glasgow! I wanna invite you for my birthday on the 6th of June at the Ziggo Dome. I hope you won't be too late.. of course
Happy Belated Birthday
Nigel Reed
10ft under water in Texas (almost)

26th May 2015

I was going to wait and bundle it with a a question but then I didn't have one, so happy belated birthday. And the question which I now have is about tuning of the slide guitar on Lights of Taormina, which is probably a Mark question anyway, but that would take away from your birthday so....keep rocking and party on, my friend. 👍
R A H
Carole Boundy
leigh on sea,essex

26th May 2015

Hi Guy, Thanks for a awesome concert last night, Mark and all the band were outstanding, as always. Many thanks
Happy Birthday!
jose
Spain

26th May 2015

Dear Guy, Congratulations!! Wishing you a great day full of "Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes" ;-) 👍
Other concerts
jose
Spain

26th May 2015

Dear Guy, Could you tell us if you go to other concerts by some other musicians? if so, what have you been the last one?. Thanks! All the best, Not so much, probably Andrew Bird at the Barbican
O2 show
Al
Germany

26th May 2015

Hi there, it's been a while since I last contacted you. I've got two questions: you mentioned that the O2 London show made you all more nervous than the other shows. Was it because of the size, the higher publicity factor or just soundcheck/technical problems? You all have played such arenas countless of times. Can't imagine size as a problem. Second question: Best show so far as download recommendation? Please just one. Just a home town show..for some reason the Albert Hall just feels like home.
Hope you had a good one!
Val
UK

26th May 2015

Hi Guy, I hope you had a great birthday! See you all on Tuesday at the RAH - my last one sadly. Cheers, Val thanks

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