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LAST Friday (4 June) I went to see Mark Knopfler – ex-Dire Straits front man – at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This show was the last of his six night run at the famous venue, which formed just a small part of his ‘Get Lucky’ tour that is in support of the album of the same name.

I was treated to just a glimpse of just how good Dire Straits were in their ‘80s heyday. Even though he spent practically the entire gig sitting down due to back problems, Knopfler still played with the skill, energy and enthusiasm of his younger self.

Mark Knopfler: He’s still got it. (Picture taken in 2009)

The best song of the entire night was my personal favourite of his solo back catalogue, ‘Speedway at Nazareth’. It has been a personal favourite of mine for years and I knew that he would play it, but as the evening wore on I was starting to get worried as to if he would or not.

But I wasn’t to be disappointed, and neither were the rest of the crowd. During the solo in the second half of the song something in Knopfler clicked and he defied doctor’s orders by standing up, raising the tempo of the music and earning a massive cheer from me at the end of the number.

Mark’s band was fantastic on the night as well, and at £5 per musician on stage we all got great value for money.  The support act – Kate Walsh – was excellent also.

All in all it was a great night (and day) up in London. I just wish I could have seen Dire Straits in their prime.

My upcoming concerts:

  • Robin Trower, 18 September 2010, Sheppard’s Bush Empire, London
  • Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman, 16 October 2010, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
  • Roger Waters, 12 May, The O2 Arena, London (Yes I am going to see ‘The Wall’ live!) 😀

Mark Knopfler Setlist for 4 June 2010 at the R.A.H.

  1. Border River
  2. What It Is
  3. Sailing to Philadelphia
  4. Coyote
  5. Prairie Wedding
  6. Hill Farmer’s Blues
  7. Romeo & Juliet (Dire Straits)
  8. Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)
  9. Done with Bonaparte
  10. Marbletown
  11. Monteleone
  12. Speedway at Nazareth
  13. Telegraph Road (Dire Straits)

Encore:

  1. Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits)
  2. So Far Away (Dire Straits)
  3. Piper to the End
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