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Christmas Wishes
Linda Meehan
Maine USA

20th December 2014

Dear Guy, I would like to wish you, Mark, the band and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015!! Can't wait for the new CD to be released! A fan for life, Linda Cheers
BLT
Merlin
Germany

20th December 2014

Dear Guy, it may be a strange question but at the moment I am listening to a lot live versions of BLT. I am always wondering what the instrument in the background is? Of course there is RB on rhythm guitar and in some versions we can hear the telecaster with the high g-string. But there there is a sound in the background that reminds me of a electric guitar preset of a keyboard and I am pretty sure that you played it. Could you please let me know? I am really courious ;-) Apart from that I wish you, Mark and the band happy holidays and I am really looking forward to see you on tour next year!! Best Regards Merlin On the record, it's all guitars, a B3 and a Wurly piano. For the live version I think I used to play the high string guitar as a sample.
Misc
Dermot O'Reilly
Kinnegad nr Nothingville

20th December 2014

Hi Guy, Thanks for the tour cook book has a great no messing concise style about it and often just read it without cooking just to make me hungry. Just listening to Boom Like That etc and had a thought was the Silvertone guitar inspired by the Ennio Morricone scored spaggetti westerns just thought it had that feel/sound/tone? Merry Christmas, Dermo Many thanks and Happy Christmas
Opening Night of the Tracker tour
Mahesh Sankaran
Chennai (India)

20th December 2014

Hi Guy, Bleecker Street Entertainment has started taking pre-orders for the Tracker tour concert sticks. I want a recording of the opening night concert - based on dates announced so far, this would be the Dublin show on May 15. Is this confirmed as your opening night, or is there a possibility that earlier dates might be added to the tour? Thanks and eagerly awaiting the album! As I see it, that is our opening show.
A Post About the Tour Diary 'Ere!
Stephen Butler
Drybrook, Gloucestershape

20th December 2014

Dear Guy: I was intrigued to read the most recent installment of your studio diary, in which you lauded the use of 1 inch tape over anything that the digital domain has to offer. This struck me as somewhat ironic, given that in the 1980s, Mark and the 'Straits' were pioneers of the emerging digital technology. Indeed, listening to Brothers in Arms for the first time on that rainy Friday afternoon in May 1985, one couldn't help but notice with some joy the complete absence of tape noise or anything resembling unwanted analogue hiss. For a while there, if you went into a hi-fi shop to purchase a CD player, they ALWAYS played you Brothers in Arms in order to demonstrate how brilliant it was. Now, I suspect if you are one of those retro-vinyl buffs looking for that ideal turntable in which to play your 180-gram LPs, they will give you a quick burst of 'Tracker,' and you will say, 'that, my good man, is the turntable for me!' Mark's recording career is panning out very much like a sort of life cycle, beginning with analogue (birth and development), going digital (youth & maturity), and eventually returning to the bosom of the analogue tape (old age, senility & the nursing home). A Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends. Cheers! Good point Stephen. In those early days of digital, we were all wowed by the lack of noise, so much so that we didn't mind the lack of warmth and the naivety of the recording techniques of the time. Nearly 30 years later and digital recording has come a long way and being able to use the best of both mediums in a high resolution manner is wonderful.
After the Show in Glascow
Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois
New Hampshire USA

20th December 2014

Hello Guy, Would it be practical or realistic to think that there could be a possibility of meeting with you and saying hello to Mark after the show in Glasgow on May 19, 2015? We have been dreaming about going to Scotland to visit our friends who own a brewery in the Scottish Highlands (Camsanagaul)since 1999. When we learned about the upcoming tour we decided that this is the ultimate time in life to do this! We purchased tickets and are making it a reality. We are bringing my Mom, and our Son, and two of our best friends. My husband is a musician and we are both HUGE Knopfler/Fletcher fans. We own and operate an Italian Restaurant called Giuseppe's in Meredith, NH and work really hard all year long. We are so excited to come to the show and would love the opportunity to connect. It would be the thrill of a a life time! www.giuseppesnh.com Thank you Julie, no, it wouldn't be realistic at all. Whilst we tour, we rarely do aftershow happenings. I hope you have a great trip over here. Camsanagaul looks like quite a place!
2015
Rob van Kempen
Holland

20th December 2014

Hello Guy,i`m looking foreward to next year;new album`s coming out and another new Tour,what could be even better!Wishing you and your loved ones a nice X-mas and a very good and healthy new year!!!Cheers,Rob cheers Rob
sleeve notes
colin miller
Edinburgh

20th December 2014

Hello Guy. Do you happen to know if the Tracker album sleeve notes will have some comments / a description of what the songs are about or Mark's inspiration / influence in writing each song. He's often said that its up to the listener to interpret the song, but some recent albums have had notes on each song and what they were about. I always find these wee snippets of info interesting (partly because its the song writers view of the song) and sometimes just listening to the lyrics can sometimes lead you off in the wrong direction!... obviously I can't reveal anything about the new album other than what I have posted in the diaries
official announcement
Erwin
Netherlands

20th December 2014

Guy, When we will get some official news with more details from the new album? Will it be this year or do we have to wait some longer... In that case, a short audioclip of a new song would be nice!!! If possible of course... All the best.... out of my hands Erwin
January 26
Mohammed Temsamani
Montréal

20th December 2014

Hi Guy, Would you confirm? Cheers http://www.coveralia.com/disco[...] No
Tracker
Franco Furcone
Palermo, Sicily

17th December 2014

Hello Guy! Christmas is cooming .. The best gift I could receive this year is to have some more information on tracker (we are close to 'ad?) It may come true ??
The Tracker
Leslie Camp
Sunny Florida

17th December 2014

The December issue of Garden and Gun magazine has a nice profile of tracker who is a retired park ranger in the Smokey Mountain National Park in East Tennessee. He used his tracking skills over the years to find lost hikers, many of them children, who were lost in the wilderness, and often in dire need of rescue before succumbing to injury or the elements. Don't know if the story relates in any way to MK's album "Tracker" or not, but it is a nice read anyway... http://gardenandgun.com/articl[...] possibly
signature
Joeri Van de Wiele
Belgium

17th December 2014

Doc, regarding your answer "We'll sign your pet elephant if it makes you happy." - What's the strangest thing anyone ever asked you to sign? See you in Antwerp next year. I signed a football once
Neck and Neck bass
Jess Witham
Seattle, WA

16th December 2014

Hey, Guy -- Noticed you're credited on bass with Edgar Meyer and Steve Wariner on Neck and Neck, though I can't find crediting for individual tracks. I really enjoy the bass-playing on this album, particularly on 'Poor Boy Blues.' Do you recall which tracks you played on? Thanks for doing what you do... No, I couldn't tell you, I'd have to have a listen. I played keyboard bass on most of the record. (Synclavier)
Privateering Recordings
Bruce Thomsen
Las Vegas

16th December 2014

I missed the Privateering tour (nothing like being committed to your own gig on an MK show night) and finally remembered today to purchase the download of the Las Vegas show. I have to say, what a nice surprise to hear some of the familiar tunes from previous tours done with wonderful new elements to them. Excellent show! cheers
Blues Club Gig
Christophe Durchateau
Caldicot

16th December 2014

Hey Doc, Hope you're all well. Finally after a few years I'm able to make it to your next Blues Club gig on Jan 15th! I'm stoked as all my previous plans to come and see you guys just wouldn't work out! What are the chances of the band signing my guitar if I bring it along, please? Don't worry it's not a cheapy that I intend to sell on eBay afterwards, it was actually built for me by my father so has huge sentimental and personal value, so it will NEVER be sold for any money. It would really mean a lot if it's possible but I will of course understand if it can't be done. Thank you, Guy, best wishes to you and yours. Happy holidays. Chris We'll sign your pet elephant if it makes you happy. See you there.
Kim Churchill...
Kurt Wege
Toronto

16th December 2014

I would be interested to know if you are familiar with Kim Churchill's music - an Aussie boy that has a lot of energy and emotion in his work. Really looking forward to the new album - you guys are the best! not really, no
Chris Rea
andrew clark
south yorks

16th December 2014

Hi Doc, I was wondering if you or Mark had ever worked with Chris Rea, I went along to Sheffield city hall last night to see him perform and I have to say it was a great experience, he played slide with such a feeling and so much skill, anyhow I wondered if either of you had worked with him over the years ps: cant wait for both the albums to come out,, roll on 2015 ! Yes, Chris is great.
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RENATO FSALES
rio de janeiro

13th December 2014

good night Guy, was watching Mark Knopfler and band performing live from Hurlingham Club for the Prince's Trust Charity in London, UK - Wednesday 9th September 2009 ... clearly perfect drummer Danny C. sultans of swing played the best way possible extremely clean light money for nothing can come back reborn mode great time was with Emmylou H. I believe that also would be with tom petty and band together with mark and band I believe that would be the mark of time hold hands with ease on guitar high heavy cutting firm sound leave it out for a good time this pile of flutes write to the courage with in tunnel of love in bbc the best album of all sailing to philadelphia and Shangri-la a creep however beautiful music it's time to mark be lazy and play like extremely large people kisses to all of you
single person concert
Maarten Van Pottelberghe
home

13th December 2014

hey doc, got this great idea, well, not really mine, but would love to see it organised for myself, preferrably next year in Antwerp. pls start working it doc. i would be very dissapointed in you personally if this does not happen. seriously though, i would not know how the eff to behave, what to say, or ...blackout... http://www.unblockyoutube.co.u[...]
A Question
GP
Ascot

11th December 2014

Morning Doc, I am sure you have been asked this one already, well at some point at least. I just could not be bothered to trek backwards. We all know you had a blast at Glastonbury, but do you know if Mark has any desire to play or headline. More to the point, are you aware whether he has ever been asked to peform? With a new album it would so great to see you all at the pyramid. I am sure you would also love to be up there. I also read that it was Rick Wright's wish to play there, and Pink Floyd were denied back in 2008. Such a big shame. Please tell Mark not to leave it too late while he is fit and healthy, and keep up the good work. http://www.theguardian.com/mus[...] I can't openly speak on behalf of Mark on that one.
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Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris

10th December 2014

Just want to say thanks for your answer Guy and wish you a Merry Christmas. All the best for you and your family for the end of 2014. Looking forward to see all of you perform with Mr Mark Knopfler next year in Paris!!! Kind regards.
Avonmore
frederic foresti
St Germain en Laye France

10th December 2014

Hello Guy, i have to admit that some weeks ago, i was pretty sure you would produce last Bryan Ferry's album... the best one since Boys & Girls i think, hope you enjoy it too. No, it wasn't Bryan's offering.
small world, is it not?
john
southern california

10th December 2014

Good day, good Doctor. As always, hope this finds you well. Not much on the golf front, but I did find myself in Vegas last weekend for the first time since the Privateering US mini-tour last year. As John Prine was also in town I made sure to catch his show at the Pearl Theater. While I've liked many of his songs over the years, I had never seen him live and I am so glad I did. He played for nearly two and half hours and had a fabulous singer with him who both opened his show and sang a number of duets with him later on. Her voice gave me chills on a number of occasions, and in looking up her bio after the show, I discovered Isis Dement has been around for a bit, that she wedded a Gary Brown in 2002 (Pieta's father), and that her most recent album was produced by Bo Ramsey and Richard Bennett. It made me think how small the world can be a times (or at least how "quality" recognizes itself in others and sticks together). Nonetheless, it made the trip worth it. Btw, I organized my CDs for the first time in a dozen or more years and Inamorata and Natural Selection find themselves lodged between Fleetwood Mac and Flogging Molly, with room for GF3 when it comes out. Four Men and a Dog had been on one end until I figured out my alphabetization properly. Hit 'em straight, but hit 'em! Cheers. Thanks John
Royal Albert Hall 2015?
Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris, France

10th December 2014

Hello Guy, I posted a question earlier but it didn't appear so I guess something went wrong!! I said that it must been hard for you to answer to our demands of info on the release date of Tracker which we all are impatients to listen to!!! Anyway what I would like very much to ask is whether there's going to be a Gig at the Royal Albert Hall next year which would be a dream place to see Mr Mark Knopfler perform for my very first time as I never had the opportunity to attend any of your shows before? But in case it's not in your plans, I do have a ticket for Le Zenith Paris in June!! Many thanks for your Forum. Best greetings from France. Not at all Marie, It may just have been a delayed reply. It is frustrating for me since I cannot give out any info re. the release dates OR tour dates.
2015 MK tour
Stelios Spyridonidis
Patas/Greece

10th December 2014

Hi Mr Fletcher.Can you please tell me if Greece will be in 2015 MK's tour.Thank you. Sorry but no, I cannot.
Tracker is landling
colin miller
Edinburgh

9th December 2014

I know you can neither confirm nor deny, but Guitarist UK magazine seems to think this will release in late Jan 2015 (tho that could change still). I guess it will land when its good and ready, but the earlier the better for most of us.... Correct
Tom Waits
Mark Radai
Hungary

9th December 2014

Hi Doc! Two years ago The Telegraph described a track of Privateering as a Tom Waitsian piano ballad. Which one would that be in your opinion? Radio City Serenade? A 10 second piano intro won't make a song Tom Waitsian I think. Anyway it was TW's 65th birthday yesterday (genius of '49 :)) Have you ever met him? Are you or Mark a fan? Also I would take the opportunity to express my sadness on skipping Budapest next year. :) None of them really but what do critics know? No, never met TW. Yes, fans of course.
Still 2015 dates coming?
Lucka Bainçonau
France

9th December 2014

Hello Guy! I'm sorry if the question was already asked, but I'd like to know if the dates announced in Spain two months ago were the last ones? There's "only" 3 dates in France and 3 in Spain, so I'd like to know if I have to buy tickets right now for the dates already announced or wait a bit more hoping for some new dates? Thank you, and see you in 2015! https://twitter.com/MarkKnopfl[...] Sorry but I can't really say.
new album of GF?
Erwin
Netherlands

9th December 2014

Guy i have 2 questions. 1 How is it going with your own album? 2. When can you tell us the name of the "welknown artist" you have been working with? Thanks! 1 slowly but surely 2 I can't just yet as I'm sworn to secrecy until release.

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