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Brothers
shaun hornby
Lakeport California

27th July 2016

Hi Doc,not spoken for a while,but ive a quick question for you as my band do Brothers in Arms.The final chord on the live version is amazing but I cannot figure it out.Does the guitar play one thing and the keys another? I'm referring to the live album "On the Night" The last 2 chords should be Absus9 (or you could play F# over Ab...thereby adding the 7th) and then Abm (with optional 9th)
Chalke Valley
Julio
Tambourineland

26th July 2016

Hi Doc. The Chalke Valley History festival was not only the opportunity of listening to "occupation blues" live but to listen to your keyboards parts clearly and enjoy the beautiful ambient you create for every song. Usually on stage are so many instruments that it's not so easy to listen so clearly to your parts. It was very enjoyable. Many thanks
POWER
Gary Langridge
Whitstable, Kent

26th July 2016

Hi Guy, When you're touring with MK as a band, like the Tracker tour, what sort of wattage does the PA pump out ? I appreciate that indoor venues will differ from outdoor ones, but I was just curious. My home has a Harmon Kardon 7.2 surround system banging out about 1,400 watts at max including self powered subs. I just wanted to make a comparison Many thanks The modern line array systems we use nowadays are stunningly efficient and can produce massive output which is more controllable than ever before. Each segment of the line array can offer between 500 and 2000 watts RMS. The size of the venue dictates how many are hung. In an arena it can be around 30.
Mysterious band member in Live Aid TV broadcast
Julio
Tambourineland

26th July 2016

Joop de Korte was not only the DS drum tech but Dire Straits percussionist since 1980 to 1988. He is credited as percussionist in the Alchemy live record and he played "behind the curtains" always except in Live Aid where he can be seen. I always found curious that he was never, except for Alchemy, credited percussionist but just as the drum tech, specially because his playing is very present in the live shows. Well it's because he wasn't in the band, he was our drum tech.
State of rock
Marko
Ca

26th July 2016

What is your comment on the state of rock music today, started with Gene Simmons' comment about the death of the mentioned? http://www.rollingstone.com/mu[...] Whilst Gene has a point, his attitude is somewhat defeatist. Rock is definitely not dead, there are many great bands out there writing and performing fantastic stuff...they're just not making even a small percentage as mush as Kiss made in the heyday of the industry. He himself mentions Tame Impala, there's also Rogue wave, The National, Elbow, Beach House, Vetiver, The Decembrists, war on Drugs, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire weekend, Deerhunter, Tiger Cub, Black Foxxes, Royal Thunder, Aphex Twin, Athlete, The Coral ...all getting out there and doing it. No, not dead, just injured.
Rio de Janeiro
Ednardo Raposo
Rio, Brazil

22nd July 2016

Just came across some weirdo's post and felt compelled to write my own - I'm from Rio myself and feel pretty comfortable and knowledgeable to do so. Yes, Rio is a mess. Brazilian politicians are the worst scumbags there are. Brazilians themselves in general tend to go with the flow, criticising politicians but committing minor irregularities on a regular basis. Cutting the queue, throwing rubbish in the street, unleashing pitbulls in urban areas with smaller dogs and children around, everything is acceptable. If you complain you are a shamelessly right-wing and reactionary imbecile. We pay incredibly high taxes but nothing works: hospitals, schools and public security policies are outrageously precarious. The labour party ruled for 13 years and built a repulsive sprawling corruption scheme that would have led the country to bankruptcy if the government hadn't been impeached and the president suspended from office. It is all true, but it is not true that we are just that. Despite the fact that most of us disaprove the games being held here having witnessed so much money being spent on over budgeting stadiums and arenas whereas the citizens suffer from all the above, the population is going to make a huge effort to welcome fans and athletes and create a great experience for everyone. We will deal with our deamons once the games are finished but for now just come with an open heart and mind, it is safe. Not our reality but that's the reality you'll have. Thanks, let's hope something good can come of the games...'for the nation'. It always struck me that the people of Brasil were as welcoming as anywhere in the world, if not a little hot-headed....in a good way of course. The music of Brasil speaks for itself and let's hope we hear a lot of it during the Olympics.
The one show
Elliott Hodges
Bedfordshire

22nd July 2016

Hi Guy, do you know when your One Show appearance I scheduled for? Or have I missed it? No, still no word on that.
Different times
Marko
Ca

22nd July 2016

Dire Straits started in '78 and were at their peak by the BIA era. If the band started today, given the state of rock music, do you think that the band would have any success? You mean the state of the industry as a whole....things would certainly be different but that's not to say we wouldn't have success (whatever success is)
Lights of Taormina
Michael
Taormina

21st July 2016

Lights of Taormina is one of my many favourites of the Tracker album, so therefore I decided to visit Taormina and here I am. This thing you feel when listening to the song, I felt it yesterday when I was sitting in front of my apartment. I heard laughter in the darkness and music was actually floating in across the bay. Very special to experience that and shows me once again what a great songwriter Knopfler is. Wonderful, a magical place indeed.
Mystery band member at Live Aid!
Rob Reynolds
UK

21st July 2016

Hi Guy, Hope you are well. Can you shed some light on who the mystery tambourine player is during Sultans at Live Aid! You will see him between 8.40-8.55!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] That was our drum tech at the time, a certain Joop De Korte. Joop now lives in New York and spent many years working on the David Letterman show.
British Open
Gord
Richmond, BC Canada

21st July 2016

Guy, watched the first two days of the British Open from Royal Troon and what a difference the weather makes up there. The guys on the 2nd half of the draw on day 2 had miserable conditions and par was a good score. BTW, we have a similar Links style course up against the ocean here just south of Vancouver and I last played it in perfect conditions - much more enjoyable! Have you played in Scotland at all? yes, many times. The home of golf for sure
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caution !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RENATO FSALES
rio de janeiro

21st July 2016

I'm warning you and want u to pass on this message. the rio de janeiro is full of thieves the streets in buses and in vans. the mayor played chemical material for a clean beaches. hospitals without medical station. Mosquitoes have zillions per square meter. police station without training without salary. traffickers are with war artillery. teachers are assaulted in classrooms. the education ended at the city sewage. bandits do whatever on the street. who will come. come naked. the Brazil this garbage. kisses to all fans. a sound endorsement of a fine nation
BluesBandClub
Arne Wolfram
Hamburg, Germany

21st July 2016

Hi there, I'm falling in love with the BluesClubBand music really! Can't stand to hear you sometimes in Germany hamburg downtown Blues Club Ort cutton Club ! Woul'd be Great to meet you guys! I try really hard in my cellar at hone to sound with my Guitar that way ;-)) Cheers Arne Yes, it takes about 30 years of practice to acheive that sound according to Mr. McIntosh.
Kazoo suited songs
Alberto Fernandez
Guadalajara, Spain

21st July 2016

Hope not to hear Brothers in Arms played with a kazoo, but I'll love to hear Oklahoma Ponys live accompanied with a kazoo. workin' on it
SAD
patrick vincent(the tennisman)
NICE

21st July 2016

So sad Guy for my hometown, my country..... sad indeed
Appreciation
Shawn Loudermilk
Early, Texas

21st July 2016

No question. Just wanted to thank you for the site, and the diaries you kept of tours, etc. I have recently injured myself, and find time heavy on my hands. Having been a DS and MK and GF fan now for many many years, it is very interesting to me to see how the music I love is made. What a job!! From producing to touring, the organization required is remarkable. Thank goodness ya'll are willing and superbly able. My only request, next time you guys are touring, and I hope it's with Mr Knopfler's next album, please show up in Texas! I will be there with bells on. We'll try
Mighty Man
David Van der Linden

21st July 2016

Hi Guy, recently I've been thinking about the song "Mighty Man" from Tracker, which appears to deal with unsung heros that built much of the British infrastructure, many of whom were immigrants. It occured to me that the sentiment of the song is similar to a Jim Croce track called "Railroads and Riverboats". I was wondering if yourself and MK were aware of Croce's songwriting, and this tune in particular? no, not particularly
Chuck Leavell
Alessandro Guidolin
Italy

13th July 2016

Hi Guy, was just wondering how much Chuck added to Gilmour sound during last leg of his tour! I understand the importance of a Keyboard player now.... :-) Dave's band is getting close to your now...:-) You need a step ahead next tour :-) Look forward to seeing you all live again,...SOON :-)
Steven Wilson
Mike B
NC USA

12th July 2016

Any of you guys ever pay much attention to what Steven Wilson is up to? I've really come to like his stuff over the years. Obviously very different from what you guys come up with, but everyone needs to check out different genres from time to time. Looking forward to some MK news. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
wtf?
Mark DeHart
charlotte nc

11th July 2016

Doc, Ever seen Brother in Arms played on a skinflute? HARDY HAR HAR!
Music from Heaven
Alberto Fernández
Guadalajara, Spain

10th July 2016

Have you ever heard Brothers in Arms played in an organ? Ok, not in a hammond, but on a real cathedral pipe organ. Here in Vic, Catalonia, Spain. https://www.facebook.com/mirei[...] No, I've also never heard it played on a Kazoo
History Festival
magnus nilsson
Sweden

10th July 2016

Dear Doc, what songs did you play at the history festival? We played Privateering, Haul Away, STP, Mighty Man, DWBonaparte, Occupation Blues and Piper to the End
Sorry me again
Gary Langridge
Whitstable, Kent, UK

10th July 2016

I don't know if you saw the Coldplay concert from Glastonbury. Coldplay and Barry Gibb doing "Staying Alive". In my opinion, musical excellence at it's best. What do you think ? No, I missed that. Rather appropriate choice of song.
Richard Bennett salute
Henk

9th July 2016

Hi doc, a well deserved salute to Richard Bennett don't you think, best Henk https://www.facebook.com/perma[...]
Would Mark?
Mark DeHart
Charlotte NC

8th July 2016

Hi Doc, Hope you are enjoying the summer... seen an influx of tourists with the Pound dropping? Just got my deluxe set of "McCartney Pure"(more on that later) and was wondering if you were familiar with "Mull Of Kintyre".. an absolutely beautiful song.. it would be such a great song for the band, especially Mike and John, to play.. any thoughts or comments? Regards, Mark p.s. with the explosion of craft brews here in the US I cannot find Augustiner anywhere... not really
Chalke Valley History Festival
Martin Willcox
Clevedon, North Somerset

8th July 2016

Thanks to all involved for an enjoyable hour at the CVHF. Hope you didn't get stuck in the car park (as we did, had to be pulled off site by tractor - that was fun!) Did you and the other musos get to see much of the other displays etc at the festival, or were you just "in and out"? Looking forward to hearing your new tunes. Yes, it was a fun event, Managed to make it out ok (was in a 4x4)
Bluesclub
Erwin
Netherlands

8th July 2016

Guy, Any bluesclub concerts in the pipeline this year? How i love to see you guys play the Netherlands one day!! I'm afraid not, everyone seems to be otherwise engaged.
tour
brice guit
france

8th July 2016

Hi Guy, we all know that some tours with MK were filmed, in 2001 for example. is there were other tours filmed ? if so, can we have a hope that they are produced someday? Highly unlikely. We only have interest in the future.
Chalke Valley
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

8th July 2016

Just a note to say thanks for a great evening at the mud bath that was Chalke Valley on Saturday. It's always inspiring to hear Mark discussing his music. I don't know how much rehearsal you did, but I thought the band sounded very nice, especially on Occupation Blues. Hope we'll hear more news on your new album soon. As usual, very little. It was a fun gig
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Gord
Richmond, BC Canada

8th July 2016

Guy, had the pleasure of seeing the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vancouver jazz festival earlier this week and in one word I would say WOW. Great 12 pce. band lead by Derek Trucks (superb slide player) and his wife who sounds like a cross between Janis Joplin and Bonnie Rate. Didn't know what to expect but really enjoyed their live show - almost as good as you guys. Have you ever seen them? Cheers. Now they ARE the real deal.

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