By: Ernst
Category: Guy Fletcher

March 3, 2017

Hi Guy, Does Mark play on any track of the new album of Megan & the Common Threads?

No

By: Ernst
Category: Guy Fletcher

March 3, 2017

Hi Doc, just want to say that the quality of the new album of Megan & the Common Threads is very good. Cheers

Many thanks

By: Val
Category: General discussion

March 2, 2017

Hi Guy, I’m guessing it’s music & songs for a modern ballet of Romeo & Juliet! Cheers, Val

nice guess

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

March 2, 2017

Hi Doc. I just have a curiosity about this project that you can´t reveal anything. As far as we know it´s just MK and you since more or less September, with a small band session later 2016. Since that band sessions, it´s being again just MK and you, or any other musicians joined the sessions? I´m really looking forward that “soon will be news” you mentioned two months ago 😉

I CAN tell you that there are many musicians involved in this project, most of them are very familiar to us all

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Gear

February 24, 2017

Hi Doc. Have you boys tried some Friedman amps?
I know that the BG is a 'vintage gear dream', but those amps are stunning.

By: Mika
Category: Competition

February 23, 2017

Had this dream about Mark Knopfler & Hank B. Marvin working on an album together. Red Strats everywhere..

By: Ernst
Category: Guy Fletcher

February 22, 2017

Hello Guy, is it already possible to say anything about the new project? How is usually determined when it’s time for a new announcement? Cheers

When I can, I will

By: Stephen Butler
Category: General discussion

February 22, 2017

On the subject of 'Best of's, or 'Bests of', isn't the 'Private Investigations' collection more or less what you would be after, pottel? You could attach the live disc from the 'Sultans of Swing' set and I think you would have a pretty nifty 3CD 'box' right there. I put 'box' in 'inverted commas' because it would have to be through the magic of the computer that you would need to put the three discs together, perhaps on iTunes or WMP, but as a set that one works for me, anyway. Cheers!

By: chris1600l
Category: General discussion

February 20, 2017

strange thing happened today there I was 12 miles from home in lossiemouth speaking to a customer when he says have a look in my garage upon looking in a beautiful red Ferrari who he assures me was Mr Knopflers previously small world

quite possible

By: MartinChittock
Category: General discussion

February 20, 2017

Nice little clip of you celebrating MFN on the One Show tonight Guy!

» http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08flz8f

Yes, with Max too.

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Gear

February 20, 2017

Hi Doc.
During the recording sessions for the Tracker album, the electric basses was recorded ‘in line’? Or mixed amp/board?
I hope that Mr. Worff shows up for the new ‘ultra secret’ album to play some Bongos alongside Mr. Bieber, of course. The man is a beast playing those bongos. 🙂

Sorry (again) my poor english.

We generally record bass guitar with a DI and a mic. The DI (direct inject) being a modified Telefunken V72 and the mic being a Neumann M49 in front of an Ampeg Portaflex cab.

By: pottel
Category: Competition

February 19, 2017

having purchased Pink Floyd'S "The Early Years" and seriously considering buying Dylan's 1966 36cd behemothm i wonder if we will ever see such a thing coming from our favourite artist?
i know i know, we never look back etc.. but we do, and geez, i am not even thinking about the DS angle, considering Mark has made far more solo music then he ever did with that old band.
seriously, it is a no brainer. oh and thnx for ressurecting my access to this forum, started to miss it.
p.s. i know it has been asked, MANY, times before, but maybe NOW is the right time so imma asking it again: any news on the new project that you can reveal,…as in,…ANYTHING?

By: Stephen Butler
Category: Miscellaneous

February 19, 2017

Scott: Very interesting question, and one that has been asked before on another forum, but never satisfactorily resolved, to my knowledge. I suspect that if you were to ask Mark he might give you the standard "It means whatever you want it to mean" answer. As far as I am aware reported drug use is pretty much on the low side in that part of Chiswick. I'm not even sure if any drug dealers or pushers hang around the Turnham Green area. As for Turnpike Lane, now that's a different kettle of, erm, fish. Or drugs. Or tea! Or tea drugs for fish! Anyway, it seems that the local Wood Green police have had some problems with drug dealers in that area in the past. It may have been a news report on Turnpike Lane that inspired him, and Turnham Green simply popped into his head because it fitted. That sort of thing happens, I can tell you as a songwriter of no repute myself. Don't forget that Mark almost always seems to adopt a character within a song, and in addition the subject about which he so sweetly warbles may simply be an analogy of something else entirely. I've heard tell down the village that the drug references in the song are nothing more than a portrayal of a woman with whom the song's character was so in love she became an addiction. See what he did there? Maybe she came from Wood Green, that romantic location from which all women of mystery and allure have come. It's difficult to assess without the writer himself sitting down and giving you the lowdown on the song's subject. But that would be my best guess based on years of gentle research and worldly wisdom.

Ednardo: I hardly ever take stuff personally, do not be alarmed. I haven't actually bought a U2 ticket, I'm not even sure I'm going to; and besides, theirs does not in reality count as a reunion, does it? They have never split up. I do find it strange that they choose to celebrate their album rather than their 40th anniversary as a band which came last year. Maybe they're waiting to throw it all at the 50th in 2026. And I am pleased you did not take my dismissal of a Dire Straits reunion personally. I appreciate that it may be difficult for those who never got to see DS live, but sometimes that has to be the case. I never got to see Frank Zappa, The Beatles or Elvis Presley, and I never will. It happens, unfortunately. Possibly Mark may start a 'collector's label' similar to that of Marillion, through which dozens of live albums can be released every year – very lucrative – who knows? Going to see Mark live can sometimes be a bit like Dire Straits – he sounds just like them if the wind is blowing in the right direction. But (and it is a big But), in my vast experience of fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, if Mark said yes to anything other than a one-off gig then he is basically signing up to two and a half years of his life away. That is the downside of success. If you say, I'll do a gig in London you'll get people in Sao Paulo upset because you're not playing there. Play in New York and that's the UK off your Christmas Card list. See the problem? Where do you do it? And, in a band which has had something of a fluid lineup over the years, who do you do it with? Why do you do it? I was in a band at school – I've no desire to get back with them despite the pressure groups on Facebook urging me to. It may be difficult for Mark to go back to that era mentally. I don't know. I can't speak for Mark, I can only guess. I cannot speak for anyone else here, only offer my own perspective, which is that a DS reunion is a pointless and likely expensive (for me) exercise in nostalgia which I can either get at home or with a tribute band. I was there at the Nelson Mandela Concert; I was there on the Brothers in Arms tour; I wasn't there on the Love Over Gold tour although I was listening to them at that time. I know I have a tendency to ramble on at length, but I hope you don't mind. It's fun to talk or write about music related matters. It kind of takes me back…

Cheers!
Stephen

By: scottahawk
Category: Miscellaneous

February 17, 2017

After 51 years living in US, I just started an assignment in the U.K. and am living a few hundred feet from the Ravenscourt Tube Station. While heading to my flat I noticed I am only two stops from Turnham Green Station. So can someone tell me why that Station is referenced in Junkie Doll?

By: Gary Whits
Category: General discussion

February 17, 2017

Sitting here with my matey Scott who held a Pensa MK1 at Rudy's last week in NYC. Watching "On the Night" Brilliant stuff and I am educating him on what "real" music is about. He thought Britney Spears was music? Erm? Anyway next is Guitar Stories followed by the Attrium gig. Love it

By: Ednardo Raposo
Category: Competition

February 16, 2017

Thanks for not taking it personally, Stephen. I think charity gigs can be tricky, it's gotta be worth it. There's a cat in a tree, Bono will be there, that's how it feels to me. Can't stand the guy really. On the other hand it seems that Mark won't reunite the band even if Ragnarok is upon us…

By: Stephen Butler
Category: Miscellaneous

February 16, 2017

Thanks, Ednardo, for your opinion on that, which could not be more opposing to mine, but there we are, that's what makes the world go round, I suppose. Anyway, you brought up the issue of going to see Dire Straits play at some charity event, but not U2 playing in front of a pile of amps and an old sheet. I can't understand that, but there we are, etc. etc. Don't get me wrong; I love the music of Dire Straits, Mark, Guy and the "lads", but I see no value in a reunion of that glorious combo. In the case of U2, I don't think they will just play Joshua Tree stuff – I hope they don't anyway! All that travel for a 45-minute show! In fact I wouldn't mind betting that material from their next album will make some sort of appearance in the set. I just thought, in a funny sort of way, that playing a back-to-basics show would be U2's way of pushing the 21st-Century envelope still further. Give the kids an appreciation of what going to a real rock 'n' roll show used to be like. Cheers!

By: Ednardo Raposo
Category: Miscellaneous

February 15, 2017

Bono Vox loves living in the spotlight, he will do whatever it takes to get your attention. Not that I ever liked U2 but it's fair to say they brought something new to the scene back in the day but that was a long time ago. They've been rehashing the same stuff over and over again ever since. Now it seems they just hit rock bottom. I'm not gonna be a hypocrite saying I wouldn't want to see a Dire Straits charity concert or something but that's a totally different beast. Anyway, I hope nobody buys tickets for this bs.

By: Stephen Butler
Category: Miscellaneous

February 15, 2017

Dearest Guy and all Forum-readers: I was sitting at my computer recently, pondering the Universe (as you do), and the following occurred to me: in the space of, oh, about 30 years, technology has obviously improved in all areas of the music "business," in particular in the domains of stage lighting, video screens, giant lemons and other bits of technical jiggery-pokery. And I couldn't help but notice that U2 have decided to "tour" their album "The Joshua Tree," playing all the songs from it; something they did not do when the album first released in 1987. A friend of mine saw them on that tour. This summer they are playing two dates at Twickenham Stadium. And I thought to myself, what a wonderful world…no, after that, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be great if, in the midst of all this technical revolution, U2 went on stage more or less as they did in 1987, with no video screens, no fancy light shows, and a simple cloth backdrop behind them? That's it. No intro music; zilch. Given U2's propensity towards pushing the technological boundaries out still further with each tour they undertake, how about just going back to basics, playing a large venue with no video screens? I don't suppose they will; I imagine the reason they are doing it is because they want to tour the album as they would have wished to in 1987. If they went back to basics, I would definitely go. I would love it if I could hardly see them at all. Anyone else got any thoughts on this? Some bands – and U2 are certainly one of them – rely on technology to give their shows that complete sensory experience. And I suppose that live shows are meant to give audiences a chance to see a visual interpretation of a song as well as hear it. That's if the artist wants to. Recently I went to see an artist that I have waited for an opportunity to see live since 1978…that artist was…OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN. God, she's beautiful. And I was transported. All I could see was her face with a sort of a dark tunnel around it. It was wonderful; there were no fancy light shows there either. It was at Union Chapel in London; which is in itself a visual treat. So – I'm sure members of U2 read this forum avidly – please just do the tour as you did in 1987. Cheers!

By: Tom
Category: Miscellaneous

February 12, 2017

How about some advanced gospel Hammond playing? I’m sucker for this stuff.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7iVpEwmuRo

me too, brilliant