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Happy Birthday :)
Ann
Northern Germany

24th May 2015

Good morning Guy, I wish you a Happy Birthday! :) I hope you have a wonderful day and I wish you all the best! This time I cannot come to one of your concerts :( But next time for sure! Glad to have your diary, thank you :) Hope you all have a great time on tour and best wishes, Ann :) Thank you
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Happy Birthday
Aidan Williamson
Darlington UK

24th May 2015

Happy Birthday Guy ! Hope it's a good one & you make the most of it being a "day off" Many thanks
For ever young
Sophie
Paris

24th May 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR FLETCH ! Thank you so much for the album and see you soon in Paris. cheers
Birmingham
Ken Hawkins
Coventry

24th May 2015

Thanks to you all for a great show tonight. It was good to see Ruth Moody.I haven't seen her before as she wasn't at Birmingham last time. Certainly a great addition to a superb band. Did you find out what the reason was for the bits of paper that were falling down ? From where I was sat it looked like moths catching in the lights, then Mark mentioned it was bits of paper. An added bonus for me tonight. Just as I was setting off on the 15 minute train journey to the venue I got a text from a good friend in Bristol I haven't seen for quite a time. He had travelled up for the concert. He said he'd meet me outside. I asked how he knew I'd be there. He just said ' It's Mark Knopfler, of course you'd be here'. He knows me too well. So a great night was made even better. A lovely suprise. Just also like to say thanks to yourself and Richard for taking the time to write the diaries they are great to follow and give a wonderful insight to the tours. A pleasure
02 ARENA
ROBERT CUMMINS
LONDON

24th May 2015

It will be the last time I book the 02,we had the most uncomfortable seats just above the adverts (no leg room whatsoever) and the place is like a concentration camp with staff going through bags for items of food which are taken in order that they can charge £5 for a coke. The journey from London Bridge on the Jubilee Line was diabolical my fault didn't realise the tube was that crowded. Was Mark joking when he said he went on the tube that afternoon ?. Sorry to hear that. I always suggest people eat before or afterwards as their policy on food and concessions is sinful.
London O2
val
UK

23rd May 2015

Hi Guy, Thank you all once again for a magnificent show! I was worried that the sound wouldn't be very good in such a cavernous venue, but my worries were unfounded - it was very good indeed! You mentioned your terrible journey to the venue in your diary. Our journey from Leeds to London took us just around 2 and a half hours - Russell Square to the O2 took pretty much the same time, due to the terrible traffic! BTW Loved your shirt! Now looking forward to the RAH! Thanks Val
Amazing concert
Neil Mitchell
Marlow, UK

23rd May 2015

Hi Guy Not a question just a big thank you for an amazing concert at the O2 last night, the setlist was perfect, although I was hoping to hear TOTT live. the whole band Are top draw and MK seemed to be really enjoying himself and playing some lovely twiddly bits that we all enjoy. We are very lucky that when most people at 65 are giving up work and slowing down, that Mark is just getting better. I suppose that's what comes when you love your job and just can't bear to stop. There was an annoying Echo in the O2 as we were sat in block 111, but it was still the best show I've seen you guys play in years. Keep well and keep rocking Thank you, thank you, thank uuuuuuu Thanks
Gie it laldy
John Hollis
Medford, OR

23rd May 2015

Dear Guy Fletcher-- Thanks for all the good work you gentlemen do. Best of luck with the tour. Gie it laldy and take no prisoners. cheers
O2 acoustics
James Morris
Kent

23rd May 2015

Did the band have any problems on stage? Sat right on the centre line at the top of the first tier, I sometimes felt some bad reverberations. It didn't sound like an echo as such. It was like the sound you get if you turn the bass up too much on your speakers. But I even got it off Ruth's voice from time to time. I also felt it just before you started the final number. A strange time to feel it I thought. Any ideas? It wasn't ideal but we soldiered. It's a BIG room.
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Hope ...
Dominique
Antwerp

23rd May 2015

.... you will have a relaxed and wonderful day tomorrow Guy, happy birthday!! :-)) D Many thanks
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Interpretation
Matt Ross

23rd May 2015

Hello Guy ! I think I know what happened on this picture. It is obvious that John is about to show a high kick just in front of Jim's nose ; Mark is desperately waiting for it (arms on the hips), Glenn is anxious about it (looking at the ceiling), while Mike doesn't give a damn and prefers to play with his handheld console. Am I right ? close
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The O2
Adam Holmes
Home Again

23rd May 2015

Hi Guy. Frivolities aside, an utterly fantastic performance by all tonight. I don't think I've seen Mark smile and laugh so much. He was even winking at the audience at one point. When he came on wearing sweat bands on his wrists, for a minute I thought we were back in the DS days. Tell me he's not getting the headband ready, too! You're all obviously back in the groove, and having a great time. The reworks are sounding great. You personally were looking extremely serious, though. I hope all's well, and it's just down to music director concentration. Cheers, Adam. Cheers Adam
Guitar
Luciano Bertol
Terres TN

23rd May 2015

Hi Guy, Another question about guitars: I saw four times or you play live "Romeo & Giuliet", first time in 1991 in Verona, the National is still the same? is the one used in the original recording? Thanks see you in July! yes
Newcastle Laughs and Jokes
Alberto Fernández
Guadalajara (Spain)

23rd May 2015

No set list question. I just wanna ask you when Mark learned chinese, as he demonstrates singing in SFA. He was playing at home clearly. yep
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O2
michel meynet
geneva

23rd May 2015

Thank you for this fantastic show!!!! See you in Zurich Michel Thank you
O2 gig
Michael Clancy
London, UK

23rd May 2015

Hi Guy, just home from a fantastic show at the O2 - been to this venue numerous times and the sound from where I was sat was by far the clearest and most balanced i've heard - no doubt a testament to the fantastic MK crew. Since this is the first time you guys have played this venue, I am intrigued to know how this relatively new venue compares with somewhere like the Hydro acoustically - was it particularly fraught with difficulty or has the design of the venue taken account of acoustics? Thanks again for a great night and best of luck for the rest of the tour. It wasn't easy but for us it was a great night.
Competition
Marc Colson
Genk (Belgium)

23rd May 2015

The other day I got a mail from someone in the department. It was an invitation to go and have dinner with the entire department. "Unfortunately" the proposed date is the same as your show in Antwerp on June 5th. Never before have I turned down an invitation so quickly without even hesitating for a nano-second. There is nothing in the world that can make me cancel me going to see you guys live ..... Have you got any idea when you would be introducing the small competition? I'd be delighted if I could win the "spaced 360" but I would be even more thrilled to bits if I could win the "little something signed by all the band". The latter one is not for sale in any shop and would be so unique ..... Take care I'll probably get round to the contest next week
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Thirsty Work
Adam Holmes
The O2

23rd May 2015

Fancy a quick pint before the show..?! I'm off the beer
VDubs
Marty McAuliffe
Syracuse,New York, USA

23rd May 2015

Frst off Guy...I'd like to take a quick moment to comment on Cheney Coker's anaolgy comparing a setlist to a recipe...absolutely brilliant! Might I add..it takes a group of master chefs to whip up such a tasty and divine recipe..such as yourselves. Now to the question. What are your early impressions of the VW fleet so far? They seem quite a bit larger than my wife's Jetta. Thanks Marty Thanks, they are really nice.
Setlist Menu
Christophe Durchateau
Cardiff

23rd May 2015

Hey doc, hope you're having a great time on tour. I seem to remember last tour that setlist requests were banned but people still seemed to submit them all the same. You responded by substituting food items for song titles. So that got me thinking, forum members stuck for what to eat for dinner? Submit a setlist to the good doctor for a random dinner menu! Could be interesting, but of course you have better things to do with your time on tour, I just found the thought amusing so had to share. Have fun, unfortunately I won't be able to join you this time round :( but I am confident this won't be your last so I'll be sure to be at the next. So with that in mind may I say a huge thanks for the tour diaries, I absolutely adore them! Food set lists always welcome
Compressors and MK's playing
Tom

23rd May 2015

Doc, first off I want to say that, going by the clips from this tour available on YouTube, I have the impression that Mark's playing better than in a long time. Not that he was ever bad, but I've had the impression that the guitar had taken the back seat, ever so slightly. All the typical "guitar hero songs" - you know which ones - sound really great. Whatever he puts in his tea, tell him to keep drinking it! As for compressors, last tour he used a Demeter Compulator, which is an optical compressor. Great for even volume levels, but without the typical squash that other types of compressors create. Really looking forward to seeing you this year! Cheers, Tom cheers
Recordings
Lars
The Netherlands

23rd May 2015

New Bleecker recordings sound stunning, what did you do?;D Got on the case
Let\'s go
Bruno Mourao
Brazil

23rd May 2015

Hello Guy, congratulations and good luck on tour. I want to talk about something delicate. I know you do not like but is not specific about the songs. I understand how you answered a guy before but the problem is that as I do not live in Europe or in the US so it's very difficult to watch the show live (as I like) and the only way is to buy the live USB ... so why I should buy several live USB if they are exactly the same and I could not feel the live experience? Or you could make a deal and you promise to play here, shall we? You don't have to buy any USB's.
O2 on YouTube
Ednardo Raposo
Rio, Brazil

23rd May 2015

I see cameras... 😍
Makeup
Adam Holmes
The O2

22nd May 2015

Hi Guy. Had to drink your beer in the end. Currently sat in the O2 Priority Lounge. 'What It Is' has just played on the video screen. I'm thinking that MK hasn't aged much, the girlfriend's saying, "Ooh, he's wearing makeup!" Women, hey..? I
St Margarethen
Erzsebet Lovas
Budapest

22nd May 2015

Hope to see you in st Margarethen in July. The ancient stone broker is a wonderful place to see concerts. The place is also symbolic for our generation: the place where iron curtain fell more than 25 years ago. Just a small niche to freedom.
Birmingham
P Robinson
UK

22nd May 2015

Hey Dr Fletch - looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, with my son Sam (9) and Lilly (6), they've been counting down the days this week to seeing you all live. The whole family love Tracker, it sounds amazing on vinyl and has a fantastic production quality. We'll be in the 5th row and I'm bringing some inflatable cushions just in case they can't see over the people in front! If I can get to the front after a certain song (no setlist!), I might hoist them on my shoulders again so do give them a wave at the end, it'll make their day! Thanks very much for the tour diaries, brilliant and informative reading as ever and here's looking forward to a great show in Birmingham tomorrow night! All the best! :-)
Ruth
Vasco Cardoso
Portugal

22nd May 2015

So sad I won't be able to see the lovely Ruth Moody when the tour hits this neck of the woods. I have nothing to ask, just tell her she's found a new dedicated fan. I will
Compression
Christian
Sweden

22nd May 2015

Does MK use any kind of compression for the slide playing and if so, what kind of compressor? He does, I'll have to check. I will be doing a piece on guitar land
Ruth,ACL,hope
rick crawford
Deep in the heart of TexasRuth

22nd May 2015

I know it looks quite doubtful that Ruth will be with the tour when you get to Austin, but I'm holding out hope. Not a set list question, we all know how much that upsets you, but when she is no longer on tour will that cause some shifting in the song line up? Love to see more Tracker tunes. Also if there was to be a DVD to memorialize this monumental tour ACL would be the ideal place to record it. Probably the best acoustics of any venue on your tour, built for video with all the bells and whistles in place, intimate with no seat more than 75 feet from the stage. Just saying. Love Tracker, love band. Thanks Doc see you in Austin. I'll be the one in the front row grinning from ear to ear. Yes, the set as it stands is there to accommodate Ruth and Nigel as much as possible.

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