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Tracker
Mattias Skoglind
Sweden

12th February 2016

Hello Fletch! I have rediscovered Tracker again after some months on ice. Mostly because it is not on Spotify and the CD were stuck in my old car stereo. Not because the stereo failed but I decided to upgrade it and simply forgot to remove the CD before unplugging the unit! Therefore, it has been laying in the dark for months, until I finally got my fingers out and plugged it into the car again just to remove the CD. Can be one of the best decisions I have ever made! This record fits in the car, in the headphones and through my stereo at home. What can I say; it might be so that this record is the most complete musical experience without actually seeing the band live. The combinations of tunes perfectly in order and a wonderful if not an incredible mix and production and superb musicians takes you on a ride on an emotional roller coaster like no other! I am a perfectionist to the point where it sometimes causes problems to myself and maybe others occasionally… This album fits me like a glove! Never under estimate your skills in the studio Guy, you really hit the spot on this one! Very nice of you to say. We are proud of the record.
That`s the question!
Rob van Kempen
Holland

12th February 2016

Hi Guy,i was reading the last posts on the Forum and this thought came up to me:In your career,over all those years,you must have had(and answered)loads of questions.Funny questions,dull and irritating ones(setlist related.....arghhhhhhh )shocking and even insulting ones,Dire Straits related etc. You`ve been answering these questions on this Forum with lots of humor and most of them very polite.Now i was wondering if there`s a subject that no person has ever asked you about but that you would love if someone did this?Or in other words:wich question is the big missing one for you to be answered ?Cheers as always,Rob None that I can think of
The Gear Page
Tom

12th February 2016

Hi Doc, Hope all is well. Do you ever browse (or maybe you're a member?) The Gear Page? The amount of knowledge (and geekery and bickering - sure) there is really fantastic. Whether it's music- or gear-related, so many great people there. Some pros too - John Suhr amongst others. All the best, Tom http://www.thegearpage.net/ I've never delved. Thanks for the link, you never know.
Dire Straits back Togheter!
Massimo Bati
Italy

12th February 2016

min 32:20 ...TG Mediaset... to celebrate forty years of success Dire Straits back togheter for an international tour.... SHAMEFUL!!!!! http://www.video.mediaset.it/v[...] yawn
Have you used the LazyJ amp?
Volker Krueger
Malmö

10th February 2016

Hi Guy, have you guys every used the LazyJ amp on any of your recordings? What do you think about it? best regards from Malmö, Volker Yes, it's a great little amp
Blues Club
Christophe Durchateau
Sunny Cardiff

10th February 2016

Hello Doc, Hope you're well. I had the immense pleasure of being at your Blues Club gig in Chichester at the end of last month. Thanks for a great evening, my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was one helluva trek though, I must be getting old! Clearly from the material you played that night there is plenty of scope for a Volume II methinks - any plans for this or is it just a bit of fun side project for you and the other guys? While I'm here I thought I'd recommend the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album - very good stuff, although listening to Derek Trucks, an amazing musician no doubt, makes you wish he'd put the slide down for a while! Many thanks for coming. Yes, Derek Trucks is the real deal.
Your latest trick
asg dos
Spain

10th February 2016

Hi! What sound you use in "Your latest trick"? (melody) Thanks! Tenor Saxophone
Dagnamit
Christophe Durchateau
Still Sunny Cardiff

9th February 2016

Ah, shucks doc, it seems that Torbjørn Gording beat me to it in recommending the TT band - apologies for that, I should scroll before I post I guess - good call Torbjørn!
Alchemy live 1983
Eric B.
France

8th February 2016

Hello Dear Doc Guy, Do you think that one day we will have the opportunity to hear, in audio format, CD, USB or vinyl, the full version of fabulous live ALCHEMY 1983, with titles that lacks: Industrial Disease, Twisting by the Pool and Portobello Belle . It'll be wonderful. Thank you, you are magical .... Eric, from Annecy (France). I have absolutely no idea.
GF3 release event
Guenter
Germany

8th February 2016

With GF3 nearing completion have you ever thought of presenting your new music live at one or two release events in an intimate location in London, so that interested people from Europe could come conveniently? How about that for a start? possibly
How did they do?
Tim Jones

8th February 2016

Hi Guy - have you seen this https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=aT4jJ1nCEWY I'd never really thought through their "clean headroom point" Shows all those who ask "what settings etc" that even a very good pro player struggles! Selling guitars...I love it. They are very nice chaps at Andertons there in Guildford.
Altamira trailer
Julio
East Coast Of Iberian Peninsula

8th February 2016

RTVE (the public Spanish television) released today the official trailer of the film Altamira. It's in Spanish but the important for all of us is that there are two music pieces that can be heard, one with MK playing acoustic guitar and other with you playing piano and sytnths, accompanied by an orchestra, and what looks to be a choir. It sounds like the main theme and I guess it can be the song with Glennie playing percussion... http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/vi[...]
Altamira - GF3
Edoardo Greco
Pisa - Tuscany - Italy

8th February 2016

Hi Guy! How are you? Have you worked with Mark for the realization of the Altamira's OST? It will be a CD OST of the film? I'm very happy and ecxited for your new album. I'm waiting for it. Thanks and have a nice day! Edoardo Yes
Music business
Mark
UK

8th February 2016

I'm not too much into conspiracy stuff, but all the stuff mentioned around make me wonder sometimes, so since you're into music business maybe you could explain. I always liked Dire Straits because there was accent on music rather than anything else. Not because of smashing hotel rooms, no drug affairs, not biting bat's heads off and drinking your own piss. However the fact is many rock bands, and not to mention newest pop sensations that are accused of using satanic imagery and stuff. The fact is that bands like Zeppelin were into occult stuff, some AC/DC lyrics are about that, the Stones and so many other bands used some symbols, so I was wondering, is it just a way to promote your material through controversy, raise the dust a bit, or is there something else about it? People often make fun of these things, and there are even some sites online that take it over the top, but as I said, it's still a bit intriguing and I like the fact that your work, work of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits is all about music, which is not the case with many other artists. What else would there be? It is after all a business and marketing plays a big part.
Record tracks selection
Fabio Sorbello
Cheltenham

8th February 2016

Hi Guy. A question about track selection and b-sides in MK albums. I love about 99% of the songs you and MK have been making since Brothers in Arms. And I am great-full for the efforts you both put on it. I have all songs including b-sides and collaborations. My question is why do you not give the bonus tracks the attention they deserve? There are musicians publishing garbage music and yours is top-top. It would be worth trying to publish all songs in a format accessible to all people. The comment I get from the people I pass on the bonus tracks is always the same: "thanks is like a new record for me and I wish I could buy it". I understand there may be commercial reasons warranting the track selection and release decision process. However, would it not be fairer to allow every MK-music lover the chance to know about the existence of the bonus tracks buy at least publishing them all in a stand-alone double CD? Sounds like a good idea to me but I'm not the record label and there are territorial issues which complicate releases... which I don't pretend to know anything about.
Transatlantic Sessions Went
Francis McKee
Strabane Co. Tyrone Northern Ireland

6th February 2016

Went to T'S in the Millennium Forum Derry last night (Friday),an absolutely brilliant gig, couldn't agree more with Val.Rihannon Gideon sensational.
Album title?
Marty McAuliffe
Syracuse, New York, USA

6th February 2016

Great news concerning your new album Guy! I can't wait to hear it! I actually have two questions for you...is Max contributing to it..and do you have an album title yet? Just curious. Thanks..Marty Yes, I'm excited about being able to finish it off. There are a few surprises for sure. I think you will like it. I'm keeping any info away from the site until I mix.
Nathan East
Elliott Hodges
Bedfordshire

6th February 2016

Hi Guy, I know your loyalties lie with Glenn Worf and that's great but I was wondering if you'd ever met or worked with Nathan East. Do you approve of his playing? He seems quite a player and has a LOVELY house (YouTube tour) As a bass player myself, I have no particular loyalties per-se. Glenn is a monster bassist and Nathan is a great musician for sure, not my cuppa though. I'm sure he has a wonderful house and is more than happy to show it off.
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BluesClub tour
Dominique
Antwerp, Belgium

5th February 2016

So Doc, A BluesClub tour is possible? But only in the UK I suppose ... Best, Dom No, we would love to visit the continent.
new album GF
Erwin
Netherlands

5th February 2016

Guy, Any news on when you're new album will be released. Can we have a sneak preview?? No sneak preview but I am working on it right now, yes. It's very nearly completed.
MK and This Band
Mario Silone
Italy

5th February 2016

Hello Doc, In this image http://s15.postimg.org/9zaq3fkvv/305.jpg You can see that the DS Legacy officially state in their FB profile that MK 'not only knows us but also supports us'. In the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfK13roGt0U You can see them say that MK gave 'a gentle blessing' to them. After Terminal of Tribute to and your reports that MK does not support any band, it's very hard to believe this is true. So the question is simple, Does MK really support them as they keep on saying all the times ? I can assure you that many DS/MK fans are sad and frustrated by what's going. Best Wishes Mario http://s15.postimg.org/9zaq3fk[...] The lyrics in Terminal of Tribute To speak for themselves. I really don't see why DS fans should be sad or frustrated by any tribute band.
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setlist question
john mahon
southern california

5th February 2016

Good day good Doc. I have a set list question. This morning on my way to work iTunes popped up Your Funeral My Trial and it put me in a pretty cool groove to start the day. Just wondering if it was on your set list this past weekend? Is this an acceptable set list question? Cheers It was indeed and it's a most agreeable set list question
Transatlantic Sessions
Val
UK

5th February 2016

Hi Guy, Just returned from TS at The Sage, Gateshead and as usual it was a wonderful show, in fact one of the best I have seen. One of the highlights was a fantastic singer called Rhiannon Giddens and I wonder if you have heard her music? The whole audience went crazy! Looking forward very much to your latest album, btw! All the best, Val. Yes, lovely
Tracker concert DVD?
David Kerns
Napa, CA

5th February 2016

Hi Guy, There were what appeared to be large camera rigs at the corners of the stage at two of the West Coast Tracker concerts I attended (Woodinville, Berkeley). Is there a video in the works a la Real Live Roadrunning? Cheers, David. There is a film/doc being made by Henrik Hansen, yes.
Which song?
Simon
Ramosvi

5th February 2016

Dire Straits Legacy on their official facebook page, claim that Alan Clark has written solo some famous Dire Straits songs. Which song do they refer? I'm sure it's a mistake, Alan would not make such a claim.
Blues
Torbjørn Gording Backsæther
Norway

2nd February 2016

Hi Guy! I was wondering if there will be a blues club diary? Really enjoy the 4bonus tracks :) And have you heard the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, "let me get by"? All their albums are good, very good. You should give it a listen, I'm sure you won't regret ;) Best regards from Tobben I'm afraid not. Maybe if we book a small tour, then yes.
Ask Me Anything
Pavel Fomenkov
Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2nd February 2016

Hi Doc! I know your opinion over all sorts of requests, speculating, theories or something along those lines, but I think this thing is maybe worth some discussing. I mean Reddit's 'Ask Me Anything' session (also known as AMA session). Was MK ever asked to do it? I mean, we all know he is 'beyond all that stuff' person so to speak, but there was Q&A sessions with people like Penn & Teller, Tommy Emmanuel, Stephen Hawking (his session was plain epic), Bill Nye, Bill Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, even Barack Obama made his appearance just to name a few. It just seems like a very good platform, especially given the number of fans desperately wanting some feedback from Mark apart from more 'obvious' things like songs, albums and tours. Did you know that Stephen Hawking's favourite song is 'Have I Told You Lately' by Van Morrison? I find it marvelous, although he said it about Rod Stewart's version, he must have never heard The Chieftains' one, haha. Thank you! I don't know
Curious
GP
Ascot

2nd February 2016

Doc, Have you ever met SADE and I wanted to know how you rate her on a scale of 1 -10? I think she is awesome, and be great if you said you met her. No, I never have
David Bowie
Judy Bolton
Buckinghamshire UK

2nd February 2016

Hi, Dear Doc. I’m surprised by the Forum’s lack of reaction to David Bowie’s passing. I appreciate your kind words about him. (Which of Bowie’s bands did you want to be in? You were too young for the Spiders. Or did you think – like we all do - time could be bent until you were a little older?) Being a child of the ‘70s, to me, Glam was all about Bolan, Bowie and Roxy Music. Oh, and Mott the Hoople. I live in Aylesbury, and back in the ‘70s there was a famous little club in Aylesbury called the Friars. Many influential bands played there: David Bowie, Steve Harley, Ian Hunter, The Clash, The Damned, Iggy and the Stooges – the list goes on. David Jones played there as a solo artist back in 1970. He didn’t set the world on fire. But in July 1972, it was at the Friars he chose to unleash his new persona – Ziggy Stardust. He shipped in 50 US journalists – god knows what they thought at finding themselves in a small market town 40 miles west of London. (Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor – then aspiring unknowns – were in the audience). The Friars club isn’t there now. It was demolished to facilitate much so-called progression. But on the weekend after David’s death, as close to the old Friars club as could be arranged, a shrine was built with posters, memorabilia and the local radio station playing Bowie’s legacy. And so I found myself, at about 11o’clock on a freezing cold January night, singing ‘Heroes’ and dancing. “The bitter comes out better on a stolen guitar.” I remember Friars...my band played there once. Happy Days
Tracker
eduardo castillo
Chile

2nd February 2016

It s been a while since the tour and i cant stop thinking how good the album is. I am not really a ranking kind of fan but i could say that at least 3 or 4 of my favourite solo songs aré in Tracker. River towns is amazing to me and i think there is something in mark s pronunciation of town that maybe is a magnet. Silvertown blues is another favourite. Same word. Long cool girl to me is like hearing DS first album but played better, with much moré color, is a WOL kind. Taormina...uffff......to me as something related to long highway, on of my favourites too. With camerado are like western movies music. Amazing. Etc etc etc. I m very happy that MK is making Music better and better. Please keep him working for at least 5 more albums. And as my post is only thoughts i cant forget to mention that One World from BIA is the only song that i always skip, cant really swallow it. Imelda and V&R sometimes run same destiny. The rest.....pure magic. Enjoy the concerts dear doc.

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