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Altamira
Julio
Kingdom of Valencia

28th January 2015

Dear Doc. Is there any update you can bring us about the Altamira soundtrack? Any release date expected already? A mini diary about the recording? Really exciting that MK and you are working in a film about one of the most iconic places of Spain. We are working on it right now. A mini diary would be pretty boring since it's just Mark and I, two computers, several monitors, lots of sample libraries and tea. I may post a page when we actually record with Evelyn Glennie as she is quite wonderful. I did take a series of pictures and video recently as I went to her studio to record some samples. Awe inspiring stuff. The film (directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett) is beautiful btw.
Always believe in your dream
sofiane cheklat
Montreal

28th January 2015

Hello doc, presales for the Montreal show started today at 9:00am and I got mine at 9:05 ! I didn't even look at the price, I booked the best seat. I'm so happy and you cannot imagine what it means to me, my first time, first show. From my hometown, a small city in north Africa in 1988 in the darkness of my bedroom I was listening to "Love over gold" album, I never thought that one day I will be able to order my ticket for your show, how life is amazing. Happy days
USB
Jennifer Greenslit

28th January 2015

Yo Dr. Fletcher, I have two quick questions for you-- 1. Are you planning on releasing USB sticks for the United States tour? 2. How does the pre-order seating work? We ordered tickets from row A-K and i was wondering if specific seating is decided by when you pre-ordered. If you pre ordered first, would you get closer seats? I would imagine the USB sticks are being considered for the US shows. As for seating and ticketing..please, I have no answers for forum members on this subject. I understand the frustration of online ticket purchasing but please refrain from asking me as I cannot be of assistance.
yes, they sold fast
Scott Hawk
Bethehem, PA USA

28th January 2015

Just confirming what was seen in South Carolina. The pre-sales for the philly show was maxed at 2 minutes after. Yes 2 minutes. I started logging in at 3 after and got the message that all tickets were being reserved. Other shows I checked saw the same. It looks like I'll be buying through normal channels. Really great to see the demand though. By the way, this is a new venue for you gents in Philly, the Academy of Arts ... great choice. The Tower Theater is a dump and the Mann Music Center is kinda beat up. cool
tour
mike paul
san diego

28th January 2015

I know you're not involved with the tour details Guy, but it was extremely frustrating and irritating to try to buy tickets at NOON PST today in San Diego for a show here and also in LA. I was on the website at 12:01 and tried patiently for several minutes to get through, and never did. Sold out by 12:10 or thereabouts. I think what happens is, the stub hubs and other sites like them farm out individuals to soak up all the tickets they can buy, just to re-sell them and premium prices. They need to have certain rules apply to them to minimize or eliminate this practice. There needs to be a better way for forum members to get seats. That's one reason why we're here, among lots of other reasons of course.
Ruth Moody
Marty McAuliffe
Syracuse, New York,USA

28th January 2015

Just a quick question for you Guy. Will Ruth be joining you gentlemen onstage for any of the US shows? I'm looking forward to seeing all of you perform at the Palace Theatre in Albany this October! Damn...that seems like such a long way off...but it'll be well worth the wait. Marty Sorry Marty, the short answer is I don't know
Tour
dave o\'donnell
Charleston South Carolina

27th January 2015

Yikes, I wondered if your shows would be a big draw in the south. Well, The North Charleston Colosseum sold out of pre sale tickets in an hour and fifteen minutes. I guess I learned a lesson about putting things off and underestimating my new people. Will be watching from the cheap seats. This begs the question: "Why so many southern dates this tour?" Not that I am at all complaining about this, just curious. Wish I knew...
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Austin City Limits
Alex Bilbrey
Dayton, Ohio

27th January 2015

Hi Doc, I got my tickets for the North American tour today (Indy and Pittsburg) and I must say the presale was smooth and easy to use. Here is my real question: I just noticed, buried among the NA tour dates is Austin City Limits and the Moody Theater. Does this mean it will be recorded and you, Mark and the band will be appearing on the Austin City Limits program at some point in the distant future? Please say yes!?!?!?!? Regards, Alex Several folks have asked but I'm so far from the loop on this, it's unimaginable. Who knows?
NC Show!
Gail Orshal
Reidsville NC

27th January 2015

Guy, I can't believe it... was so hoping you would come to North Carolina and it happened!!! Saw you at RAH in 2013 with one of my sisters now the other two will be coming with me to the Durham Show. Had my finger on the mouse the minute the clock hit 11:00am and got my pre-sale tickets with no problem. I was watching the website and most of the venues were out of the pre sale tickets in a matter of minutes. We love you in the USA and can't wait for this concert! cool
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Thank Someone for The Tracker Tour Coming to Texas
Nathan Whitten
East Texas, USA

27th January 2015

Guy, I don't know who is responsible, but me and many other fans in the former Republic of Texas are so grateful that Mark and Band are visiting us for the first full-length show since the Sailing to Philadelphia tour. It was nice to get 80 minutes when y'all opened for Dylan, but that only whetted my appetite for more. I was not expecting a Texas visit for the Tracker tour, but for some reason, there are 2 shows in this huge state and one is but 120 miles from me. I am using Mark's website to get the tickets and they are supposed to be in the orchestra pit, which is up close and personal. I'll find out if everything works out well in about 1.5 hours. So, please thank responsible parties. I am very excited about the new album and the long-awaited show. Flying cross-country makes it much more pricey! have a nice day. nw Sure hope so, cheers
Golfing this Tour?
Jerry Richard
Woodstock, Ont

27th January 2015

Hello Guy, all set for the Toronto show, looking forward to seeing you again (and not opening for Bob this time around). Let me know if you are toting your sticks this time, I'd be pretty good at hooking you up for a game of golf, weather is still good in early October...BTW how is your golf game these days? Jerry Richard Not looking like there's too much free time (Bob was good in some respects). Looking forward very much to the tour though.
not a question
daniele costanzo

27th January 2015

Hi Doc just to say that i really LOVE the sound of the keyboard in Beryl!!! why thank you
Ticket Prices
Gayle Snyder
Brighton, MI

27th January 2015

Hi Doc...I am desperately trying to purchase tix at the presale for the Ann Arbor, Michigan show. Sadly, the presale ticket price is $230.60, USD. For a pair, that's well over $500!!! Who sets the total ticket price? I know I'm probably out of line, asking you this question, but I don't know who else to vent to! I'm bummed out! We can't afford this price for tix!!! :-( Seems an awful lot of money. Will mention it to the powers that do be.
US Tour
rick crawford
southeast texas

27th January 2015

Very excited to see you will be coming to Austin. I think that you'll find the venue second to none. Hope you can get to town the off day before so you can look around a bit. See you in September! See you there
Opening Act
Mike N.
Michigan

27th January 2015

Will Ruth be the opening act during the US tour? If so the hauntingly beautiful “Pockets” should be a featured duet. If I close my eyes for a brief second it’s easy to picture Richard starting the band into the song. Just a wonderful song that intertwines the duet vocals and Mark’s playing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] I'm not sure there is a support planned for the US
Career
Robertson Ay

27th January 2015

Hey Doc, I've a question that I have been wondering about for some while. If you had to tell somebody what exactly your job is, would you say "I'm part of Mark Knopfler's band" or would you say "I'm an independent artist"? Which do you consider yourself? All of the above
Moaners
Dan
SW3

27th January 2015

Just breaking balls. How come you won't publish my profile picture?? Haha, you reckon he'll ever beat him? Anyways, two questions: 1) How many songs does the blue Pensa gets used for? 2) Can you convince Jim to get a real piano for this tour? I don't like that Roland he plays... Because it's my forum Dan and if I don't like a post.....etc. The Pensa doesn't feature much on the record but it makes the odd appearance on stage. As for the piano, would you have honestly known it wasn't real if I hadn't revealed to all? As far as I'm concerned, Jim could make a rusty old tack piano sound amazing. The truth is down to experience.. years of lugging (air freight) and tuning a real one every day in the old days. It's a no brainer.
Richard Bennett s new album named Contrary Cocktail will be out the middle of April

27th January 2015

Another album in the pipeline : Richard Bennett's new album named "Contrary Cocktail" will be out the middle of April https://www.facebook.com/perma[...]
Tracker in Toronto
Louise Wickson
Provo

27th January 2015

Dear GF: Massey Hall is *such* a brilliant venue - so well suited to your music. Congrats to PCM. Wish me 'outstanding-seats-luck' in markknopfler.com pre-sale tomorrow! cheers
Tea - advice needed
Isabella Lari
Cold Tuscany

27th January 2015

Dear Doc, as you are the Master of Great Knowledge about Tea, I'm writing you to ask for some advices. My local supermarket has now on its shelves some new brands: Taylors of Harrogate, Whittard, Hampstead Tea London. Could you please suggest if anyone of them is worth a try? Or could I keep close my beloved PG Tips (and some of the wonderful Nilghiri I've found in a very small shop in Verona)? Have you tried something new in these days? Which one is favourite blend? Earl grey? Darjeeling? Oolong? Have a nice day and take care, it seems it will be VERY cold in the next days. Taylors is quite nice I seem to recall. I'd like to hear how Hampstead Tea is. However, one must never be without the basic 'builders' tea (PG Tips)
austin city limits
john
socal

27th January 2015

Awesome, and that's all I got to say about that. Awesome
No dates in Cleveland
Doctor D
Cleveland Ohio

27th January 2015

Well it looks like there will be no Cleveland OH show in the US/Canada tour this year. I don't see a day off nearby either. So I don't think we'll be able to get you out on the links around here. I'm sure there will be plenty of chances during the southern leg. We will just have to plan on an outing next time you come around. It will be mid October by the time you get close by and it is often snowing by then so maybe it's a good year to skip the links anyway. Have fun on the tour and maybe we will see a sequel to the tour Cookbook? Hope so
No Nashville Ryman?
Mark DeHart
Charlotte NC

27th January 2015

Hi Doc, Hope all is well. Tracker US announcement very exciting, making plans for North Charleston show.Very dissappointed that no Ryman show... perhaps more shows TBA? I see lots of Fl. shows.. interesting! You are the best... Mark Not sure what has and has not been announced so I can't say. I would guess it's all out there now.
Tour
Ron Streit
Durham, NC

27th January 2015

HOLY CRAP!!!!! Am I excited or what! You are coming to my back yard! We have access to a DJ on our local classic rock station who is also a fan. I am going to see if he will plug the event, not that it will need it. Please thank whoever made the decision to come here. By the way, absolutely love the new song Beryl. Intro reminds of several past songs for me including Heart Full of Holes and SOS. Very much looking forward to the rest. As always thanks so much for all you do the fans. Take care and see you in October!!! Ron (aka Pops) Cheers
NA Tour
Mike B
North Carolina

27th January 2015

So glad to see you guys will be in Durham this October! The DPAC is a great venue. Wish me luck on the pre-sale, which apparently starts tomorrow morning for most of the N.A. dates. Cheers! Yay
Nigel
Ernst van de Luijtgaarden
Netherlands

27th January 2015

Hello Guy, any news on which concerts (EU tour) Nigel will be joining the band? Cheers! err. not sure
Austin
Mike B
North Carolina

27th January 2015

In looking more closely at the NA dates, I see Austin -- Austin City Limits @ the Moody. Will that be filmed for ACL by chance? Sorry, no idea.
Whiplash
bruno-xavier
Aquitaine (France)

27th January 2015

Hello Doc ! I hope you're fine. Did you see the movie Whiplash, of Damien Chazelle? The story: Andrew a young drummer dreams to join the jazz orchestra managed by Terence Fletcher, requiring and unrelenting professor... This movie is absolutely phenomenal! 2 main actors, Miles Teller and J.K Simmons, are really impressive! One of the best movies that I saw. Did Mark Knopfler and Ian Thomas see it ? As musicians I would like to know your opinion on this movie, if you saw it ? For those who did not see it, it is absolutely necessary to see it! It's a great movie. Thanks for your answer. It's on the list
Austin City Limits
Jared Bickford
Michigan

27th January 2015

Doc, first, as always, thanks for everything you do. Never underestimate how much we appreciate it. I see that in the announcement for the tour is an Austin City Limits stop. Do you know if they intend to record this for broadcast? Cheers. Nice to hear. I've no idea.
Ford and Hansen
Wolfgang
Northern Germany

27th January 2015

Pretty cool to have liner notes from Richard Ford for "Tracker". I wonder how that came to be. Also I wonder how long (or short) the short film from Henrik Hansen is. Do you know? Yes, Richard Ford is a good friend of Mark's, and I had the great pleasure to meet him when we did the Boothbay show a few years back. His notes are really quite something.

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