Hello Guy: Happy, happy New Year to you and your family, and wishing the band all wonderful things for 2018. Hope you got to go somewhere warm during the holidays. We are literally frozen here in some kind of polar ‘bomb cyclone’ which is yet another way to tell climate deniers their time is up!
Question for you: Do band members typically exchange holiday gifts? And if so, any memorable recent ones that you might tell us about? Gag gifts count too! Thanks. Best, SV
Hi. I think you would agree that we all keep waiting for the new release for a pretty long time now. As I understand there are/were two projects running parallel which might explain it. I must admit that I really expect something big in terms of sheer volume.. An album with the “usual” 10 to 12 tracks would be slightly disappointing to be honest, keeping in mind of course that quality has nothing to do with quantity and all that. But Privateering was pure bliss as a double album, 24 tracks all in all, and Tracker also was almost the same volume of playtime and much more than a standard album, in all respects . So after all those months and years we were waiting, can we expect something big and extensive from THAT point of view again? We need a little restitution! Greetings and happy new 2018!
This is more of a comment, okay, it is a comment. All the talk of a DS reunion in light of the HOF induction is rather tedious. I am a huge fan, yet I don't want to see you became a tribute band to your former work. I am loving the new direction and material. I am saddened when I see the bands of my youth trotting out the same material from 40+ years ago, again and again. I find the nostalgia of my generation overblown. I don't want to live in the past, fun though it was. Yep up the great work!
Leverage. It's leverage. That's the answer to Mark's repeated question about what the benefits of fame are. With the renewed attention given to and interest in Dire Straits because of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction, this is the perfect moment to reunite and revive the band, even for a brief moment. Exploit the media buzz, get sponsors onboard, do a huge gig (people will pay top dollar), stream online (pay per view, advertisements), stream in select cinemas, sell video and audio recordings from the gig, and let the proceeds go to charity. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity served on a silver platter, the stars are aligned dammit! You'll be killing ten birds with one stone! Come on, Mark (hoping Guy tells you about this), this is philanthropy at its finest and a seriously worthwhile reason to reunite the band. Use your fame. Use your leverage.
As I sit here listening to Heidi Talbot’s and John McCusker’s new EP, I wonder if you and readers have heard it? It is just what I wanted, lovely lovely. (How could it be otherwise?) Also, I ran across a video from 2017 with Billy Gibbons and y’alls old pal Mike Henderson, on Skyville Live. It seems worth sharing! On another note, hip hop? We should fluff our pillows? How intriguing.
Doc, Could we drop the festive snow now. Its a bit early to be feeling Xmasy ….lol but rather see some real news on here regards 2018 !!!!! All the best Guy, and thank you always for sharing information here.
@Mike Child – I always remember back in the 80’s a HipHop duet called Salt-N-Pepa. Not sure you if you knew of them. I think they also performed at the same concert as Dire Straits (Nelson Mandela 1988). This article mentioned that Mark liked them, so how true that was I do not know. But it would be great to see Mark utilising his great talent elswhere. So many top acts out there from Ed Shreen to Beyonce, Sam Smith…etc
Having recently learned of the crushing disappointment that the new album Sting has been working on is in fact a collaboration with Shaggy (no, I’m afraid I’m not making that up), could you possibly reassure me that Mark hasn’t suddenly developed a fascination with hip hop and is not in fact collaborating with Kanye West on the next album? Otherwise, I may just have to spend the rest of 2018 in bed. Thank you. Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year.
I'm new to the forum… I hope that you've had a great Christmas Dr Fletch…. I was reading a post by Dusty Valentino November 29, 2017 in which his relatives were at odds as to whether the DS Tribute Band featuring Alan Clark, were all either "ungrateful worms" or "sad losers"?
Well, it's a tough call and either way, it's pretty damning….
I must say that I do think that Marco Caviglia is really, really wet!!
Happy new year Doc, K.O.R. Amy xx
I agree with Rail King and Cheney Coker….. Oh Danny Boy
He looks like he'd rather be anywhere but on that sofa…… Still it beats working for a living
The usual – Merry Xmas and a happy new year. Lets face it, all your years are happy by reading your diaries. Which gets me to my next question. I messaged you here back in 1998 0r 99, if true, am I right this site has been approaching 20 years?? unbelieveable Guy. Thank you for all you do.
Dear Guy, good afternoon. I hope you are very well today enjoying this day with your family, as it is time to celebrate (the same I mean for all members of this forum). I hope you spend an excellent Christmas with your loved ones, friends, bandmates, family and everyone around you. 🙂
I want to wish you all the best for this 2018 and I want thank you once again for your hard work in your web site, keeping us informed with your diaries and telling us your stories and your adventures with Mark and the band, as well as in your work as a musician and congratulate yourself for that. As always you know, I very much appreciate all your work as a musician, your own work with your music and everything you do in relation to it. All the best to you and yours and many affection, have a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year with much prosperity.
A little thing, the adornment of the web design looks beautiful. haha :o) 🙂
Go ahead!! Always share your creativity with us.
Hello Mark, Guy and the other band members. Ik wish you all have a nice Christmas and a very musical new year. I think 2018 will be a great year for all fans of Mark and his band.
Thanks for all. Marco
A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year for you and your family! Hope that 2018 will be a top year!
Val – Glennie performs with symphonies. I saw her with the Dallas Symphony. As soon as Danny starts getting gigs with the LSO, I'll put them in the same category.
Hi Guy, I was watching "On The Night" again and I am wondering why a Shure SM58 is taped halfway to the mic-stand of Mark Knopfler. You can see the mic on Calling Elvis and You and Your Friend.
Merry Christmas and a great 2018
@Alex – Total rip off. Much better specimens to be had for that kind of money. Seems like everyone is trying to make a buck off of the Knopfler name these days.
@ Cheney Coker – Dame Evelyn Glennie? She and Mark made Altamira together.
I stumbled across this on the website of a local music shop in York. Supposedly it is the very guitar that Mark famously used to gaze through the window at as a youngster in Newcastle. Shame I'm £25k short!
Merry Christmas Guy
Rail, regarding Danny and the cover band, everyone is entitled to earn a living as long as what they do isn't illegal or immoral – and sometimes immoral is up for grabs. I don't know how much persussion players make or how much Danny has in the bank, but he probably has rent to pay and bills to cover just like everyone else. If your job is playing percussion for money then you take the jobs you are offered when they are offered. They could call the band "Dire Sidemen" if they wanted, but I'm willing to cut Danny some slack. How many percussionists other than Sheila E can headline a concert (and she hasn't done it in years)? Let him earn a living. Just my opinion.