EVEN MORE OLD NEWS......

 

MK ON TONY JOE WHITE ALBUM: Mark is featured on the track Not One Bad Thought on Tony Joe White's new album, Uncovered, due to be released on September 5th. Tony Joe says they first worked on the song when he "built a big fire outside. [Mark and I] had steaks and cold beer, and we took the guitars out by the fire.”

 
 
 
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MKNews teamed up with tonyjoewhite.com to run a great competition. The winner was Orazio Zappala from Germany. (updated: 04/10/06)

OTHER COLLABORATIONS: Mark and Jools Holland recently recorded a version of the Hank Williams track, You Win Again to be featured on the upcoming Jools Holland collaboration album Moving Out to the Country. The album will be released through Warners on November 20th. Other artists featured on the album include: Brian Eno, Richard Hawley, Bob Geldof, Lulu, Tom Jones, Marc Almond, India Arie, Paul Carrack, David McAlmont, Ruby Turner, Sam Brown, Dr John, Solomon Burke and Allen Toussaint

Mark also features on Paul Burch’s new album EAST TO WEST! For more info go to www.paulburch.com

Jimmy Buffett’s new album, Take The Weather With You, features a cover version of the Mark Knopfler track Whoop De Doo from the Shangri-La album. Mark plays guitar on the track. The album has debuted at No1 on the Billboard Country Chart and at No4 on the Billboard Top 200 listing. You can find more info at www.buffettworld.com

(updated: 27/10/06)

MARK LIVE IN MAINE: Mark performed a benefit concert at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor on Wednesday, September 20th, accompanied by Guy Fletcher, Richard Bennett and Glenn Worf.

Set List:

Done With Boneparte
Sailing to Philadelphia
Donegan's Gone
Rudiger
The Trawlerman's Song
Romeo & Juliet
(W/Richard doing end solo)
Song For Sonny Liston (MK & Glen)
Marbletown
Devil Baby
Baloney Again
Postcards From Paraguay
Whoop De Doo
All That Matters
(MK, Richard & Guy)
A Place Where We Used To Live

Encores: Going Home - Wild Theme and If This Is Goodbye

All proceeds from this sell-out concert are to be be used to benefit The Opera House Challenge, a fundraising effort with a goal of $500,000 and an approaching deadline of September 30th. (updated: 21/09/06)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MKNEWS: MKNews is ten years old this month. It was set up after the demise of the Dire Straits Information Service in an effort to ensure fans worldwide continued to receive up-to-date, accurate information. The very first edition of MKNews, a hard copy newsletter, was issued in September 1996. The hard copy format continued until 1998 when MKNews went cyber. Since then, the MKNews website has had well over three million home page hits. Many thanks to all of you for your continuing support. (02/09/06)

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RON WATTS COMP WINNER: For six months from late 1973 Mark played lead guitar in a band called Brewer's Droop. The man behind the band was Ron Watts who was already heading the National Blues Federation in the UK and went on to promote great acts from Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, to the Sex Pistols at the fabled 100 Club in London's Oxford Street. Ron's autobiography, aptly titled Hundred Watts, A life In Music, has recently been published. It contains an introduction by former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and, among other things, has an interesting section on how Ron came into contact with Mark and how Mark came to join the line-up of Brewer's Droop ...... but we won't spoil the story. The book will make a great Xmas pressie so go buy a copy and read it for yourself!

 
 

Congratulations go to the lucky winner of the MKNews competition to win a copy of Ron's book who is Carles Davì from Barcelona. Carles correctly identified the name of the studios where Mark recorded with Brewer's Droop as Rockfield Studios in Wales. (updated: 18/12/06)

DUTCH TOP 2000: Radio2 in the Netherlands is currently playing its all-time Top 2000. The list includes fifteen songs by Dire Straits and a further two from Mark's solo releases. Dire Straits have three songs in the top 50, the highest is Brothers in Arms at No 20, with Sultans of Swing close behind at No 27. For further info go to www.radio2.nl (27/12/06)

ECHO AWARDS, GERMANY: Mark has been nominated for the German music press's Echo 2007 award. The awards show will be broadcast on TV RTL at 20:15 on Sunday 25th of March 2007. (27/01/07)

MK/DS COMPILATION: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler; Private Investigations was released on the 7th of November. It was issued in three formats: a limited release Special Edition 2 CD pack containing an in-depth booklet with photographs and sleeve notes by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Timothy Ferris, a standard 2 CD pack and a single CD pack. In the USA Warners Bros released a 2 CD pack with Skateaway replacing Darling Pretty in the track list. All formats were released internationally but varied from territory to territory. There was also a cassette version in the Far East and Eastern Europe. Further details are on the releases page. (08/11/05)

 
 

MARK'S NEW PENSA MKII: Mark has a new Pensa Custom MKII guitar presented to him in Milan by his good friend Rudy Pensa. Mark used the guitar during the Milan show on the 10th of June. The guitar is dated 3rd June, 2005, and has the serial number 0260. You can order your own MKI, MKII or MK80, exclusively from MKNews. Click the pic of the new MKII for a larger image of MK's new Pensa. (15/06/05)

 
 
 
Mark's new Pensa Custom MKII
 

SCOTTY MOORE TRIBUTE: The Scotty Moore tribute DVD was released in various territories in October 2005 under the title A Tribute to the King: By Scotty Moore & Friends. Mark's contribution was recorded at the Abbey Road studios during the autumn of 2004. Mark and Scotty were joined by Graeme Broad on drums, Bill Wyman on bass and Albert Lee on guitar. They played Blue Moon of Kentucky and Baby Let's Play House. There was also a CD version released in some territories. (05/10/05)

 
 

MK & BB: Mark is featured on the track All Over Again on BB King's album 80 which has been released on the Geffen label to celebrate the blues legend's 80th birthday. The album also has BB playing with many of his 'friends' including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Van Morrison, Roger Daltry, Billy Gibbons and Sheryl Crow. (18/09/05)

 
 

RUMOURS: Rumours circulating in unofficial mailing lists that that Mark has undertaken collaborations with Luc Besson and Roger Waters are false, as is information claiming that Alchemy is to be released on DVD. (17/11/05)

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IN AT TEN: The new compilation album, The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler; Private Investigations, entered the UK mid-week album charts at No10. (09/11/05)

STARCARDS XMAS AUCTION: Regular visitors to MKNews will know that one of Mark's favourite charities is London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. One of GOSH's main fund-raisers is their famous StarCards auctions offering a unique collection of celebrity signed playing cards, photographs and other special items. A fantastic bid of £310 won the Mark Knopfler autographed StarCard display. This was the highest bid placed on any of the StarCards in the auction so special thanks and congratulations go to the winning bidder. Thanks also to all who made a bid. Watch out for further StarCards auctions in the future, who knows next time you may be the lucky winner. (09/12/05)

TOUR PICS: Thanks for all the pics that have been sent in to MKNews. The gallery is now finished, please don't mail in anymore photographs. The standard of photography was really good but sadly we simply can't use every photograph we received. If yours isn't in the gallery, maybe next time. To view the gallery click here

For more pics from thew tour click here and enjoy these superb photographs taken of MK and the boys in Holland by Dutch fan Peter de Bock.

(updated 12/11/05)

SEAN HENNESSY PHOTOS: Every now and again someone mails a real surprise. Here are a few pics of Dire Straits taken by Sean Hennessy at the Whitla Hall in Belfast, 14th December, 1979. Click on any of the pics for larger images. Sean has put online a few galleries of his pics, click here to view them. (14/03/05)

SECOND CD SINGLE: The second CD/EP single from Mark's Shangri-La album, The Trawlerman's Song, was released in May 2005. Track list:The Trawlerman's Song/Back To Tupelo/Song for Sonny Liston/Boom, Like That/Donegan's Gone/Stand Up Guy. Tracks 2 -5 were recorded live during promo radio sessions at Shangri-La Studios. (updated: 24/5/05)

 
 

WARNER BROS EP RELEASE (USA): An 8-track CD EP was released by Warner Bros on the 28th June under the title One Take Radio Sessions (Live From Shangri-La). Track list: The Trawlerman's Song/Back to Tupelo/Song for Sonny Liston/Rudiger/Boom, Like That/Everybody Pays/Donegan's Gone/Stand Up Guy. All tracks were recorded during a live session at the Shangri-La studios. (updated 05/08/05)

RICHARD'S ALBUM: Richard Bennett's latest solo album is called Themes From A Rainy Decade. For further details and samples click here

 
 

Richard Bennett Interview

SUN RECORDS TRIBUTE DVD: The Sun Records Tribute album Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records is now available on DVD from amazon.com and similar outlets. This DVD includes Mark's recording of Rock and Roll Ruby. Please note the DVD coding is region 1. (06/11/02)

NEW BOOK: Chet Atkins: The Life, Legend, and Legacy of a Musical Giant by Rusty Russell is due to be published at the end of this month. You can order it from amazon.com....click here (21/10/02)


NEW BC SITE: A new unofficial homepage dedicated to Brendan Croker is now online at www.brendancroker.tk (06/10/02)

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EDISON AWARDS: Mark has won a lifetime achievement award in the 2003 Edison Awards.He will receive this award on March 6th in the Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam. The event will be broadcast on Dutch radio station 'Radio 538' and commercial TV-station 'SBS-6'. Mark will performing three songs at the Edison Awards in Holland on March 6th: Walk Of Life, Devil Baby and What It Is. The band line-up for this will be:

Mark Knopfler: guitars/vocals
Guy Fletcher: keyboards
Danny Cummings: drums
Marcus Cliffe: bass
Robbie McIntosh: guitars
Bobby Valentino: violin
Geraint Watkins: accordion and keyboards

MARK KNOPFLER & FRIENDS UK CHARITY GIGS - JULY 2002: Tues, 23rd July Shepherds Bush Empire London for Save The Baby. Weds 24th July Shepherds Bush Empire London for Teenage Cancer Trust. Thur, 25th July Shepherds Bush Empire London for Leuka 2000. Sun, 28th July Beaulieu for the Countryside Education Trust. MK & FRIENDS were:

Mark Knopfler Guitar/Vocals
John Illsley Bass
Guy Fletcher Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Danny Cummings Drums
Robbie McIntosh Guitars
Geraint Watkins Keyboards
Bobby Valentino Guitar/Mandolin/Violin
Steve Phillips Guitar/Vocals
Brendan Croker Guitar/Vocals
Chris White Saxophone
Marcus Cliffe Bass

Special guest each night = Jimmy Nail

Special guest Wed 24th = Jools Holland

SET LISTS: Tues 23rd & Sun 28th: Calling Elvis/Run Me Down/Your Own Sweet Way/Railroad Worksong/Are We In Trouble Now/Quality Shoe/Hobo's Lullaby/Can't Be Satisfied/Feel Like Going Home/Setting Me Up/Walk of Life/What It Is/Romeo & Juliet/Sultans of Swing/Your Latest Trick/Why Aye Man/Money For Nothing. Encores: Brothers In Arms/So Far Away/Going Home.

Wed 24th & Thurs 25th: Calling Elvis/Run Me Down/Your Own Sweet Way/Railroad Worksong/Are We In Trouble Now/Quality Shoe/Hobo's Lullaby/Can't Be Satisfied/Feel Like Going Home/Setting Me Up/Walk of Life/What It Is/Romeo & Juliet/Sultans of Swing/Baloney Again/Why Aye Man/Money For Nothing. Encores: Brothers In Arms/So Far Away/Going Home.

JULY GIGS, FANS' GALLERY: Thanks to all of you who sent in pics, sorry if we haven't used yours but there were so many! Please don't mail any more pics. To view the gallery.....click here (29/08/02)

GERRY RAFFERTY: Mark plays on three tracks - All Souls/Sweet Love/Conscious Love - on Gerry Rafferty's Another World CD. You can order this CD from Gerry's website www.gerryrafferty.com or from your local retailer. (26/07/02)

MARK GUESTS WITH PAUL BRADY 26th OCT 2001: Mark joined the fabulous Paul Brady and Bonnie Raitt on stage at Dublin's superb Vicar St venue. Mark came out for the sixth song of the night and having asked to be able to play as much as possible he remained on stage over an hour until the final encores. Featured MK songs - Mark on guitar and vocal - were Baloney Again and Done With Bonaparte. (28/10/01)

MK AND B.B. KING: A number of you have been asking what has happened about plans for MK to record a track with B. B. King for a future B. B. King album. Mark is intending to do this but has to find a slot in a crowded schedule. Further news will be posted when available. (29/04/02

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JOOLS HOLLAND ALBUM: Mark was among a number of artistes featured on the Jools Holland album Small World, Big Band which was released in November, 2001. Mark's contribution was a song called Mademoiselle Will Decide. (04/12/01)

MK SONGS ON SOUNDTRACKS: Gravy Train will be appearing both in the film America's Sweethearts as well as on the soundtrack album for the movie. The film stars Julia Roberts, and it's release in America is imminent. Rudiger will be extensively used in an up-coming Barry Levinson film called Bandits starring Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton. The soundtrack is now available on the Sony/Columbia label (ASIN: B00005Q464) Neither of the two films will contain unreleased MK material. (updated, 06/11/01)

UNIVERSITY VISIT: Mark recently paid a visit to Newcastle University to open new recording and practice facilities at the university's Department of Music. "By investing in these up-to-the-minute facilities, the University is giving its students a chance to combine their talent and creativity as performers with a sound knowledge of production and recording technology involved in the music industry", said Mark, adding "Its fantastic to see this very tangible demonstration of the University’s commitment to ensuring that its students have a head start in one of the fastest-moving and most demanding industries in the world." Mark was conferred with an Honorary Music Degree by the university in 1993. (08/12/01)

TIMELESS - HANK WILLIAMS TRIBUTE: The forth-coming Hank Williams tribute album, Timeless, contains two songs featuring Mark and Emmylou Harris recorded last Spring called Lost On The River and Alone and Forsaken. The album is scheduled for release on the 25th of September. Follow this link http://www.timelesshank.com/ for further details. (14/09/01)

GRAMMY AWARD: The Hank Williams tribute album, Timeless, won a Grammy for Best Country Album in thE 2002 Grammy awards. (01/03/02)

MK INTERVIEWS: Mark is to record an interview for radio in the USA as part of a Hank Williams tribute. Mark will also be recording a message for the New Country Hall of Fame's induction of the Everly Brothers. (21/09/01)

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MARTIN MK SIGNATURE ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Mark visited the Martin factory at Nazareth on the 27th of April to check out a prototype model. Following the visit he called in at the nearby Nazareth speedway which inspired the writing of Speedway At Nazareth. Mark and the band also found time to go to the legendary Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs ovewhelm the LA Dodgers 21-1. They even managed to join in on a rousing chorus of 'Take me to the ballgame' in the middle of the seventh innings! (updated, 12/05/01)

Mark has been working closely with Dick Boak of Martin Guitars on the design of a new signature model acoustic guitar. You can now order your very own HD-40MK from your local Martin dealer but only for a limited time. Martin will only be making a limited number of HD-40MKs and production on these will begin in January 2002. Orders need to placed in the next two months or so. Don't delay, get down to your stockist and place your order now! (updated, 10/08/01)

STP ON DVD: Arrangements have been made for Mark and Chuck Ainlay to go into the studio to produce a 5i DVD mix of the Sailing To Philadelphia album for Warner Bros. This will be a surround-sound audio only (i.e., not video) DVD which will be available only in the USA. (22/01/2001)

RARE MK TRACK FROM 1974: An instrumental track featuring Mark playing with Rod Clements at Rod's flat in Finchley, London, in the spring of 1974 is featured on the current Lindisfarne archive CD "BT3". Rod had just left Lindisfarne off-shoot Jack the Lad and was between bands when Mark knocked on the door of his flat. The track, Newport Mount Rag, after the place Steve Phillips once lived in Leeds, had no title until Mark was approached for his permission to use this track on the album in August last year and in agreeing he suggested the title which has been used. To obtain this rare gem contact sales@siren-music.com and check the Siren Music web site at www.siren-music.com. There is also an official illustrated history of Lindisfarne called Fog On The Tyne now available from Siren at £12 (inc P&P) which has some fascinating insights into the interplay of various musicians in the mid-1970s. (01/01/2001)

GRAMMY NOMINATION: Mark and Emmylou's All The Roadrunning CD was among the nominees for the Grammy award in the "Best Contemporary Folk/Americana album" section. (18/02/07)

CHRIS WHITE IN ITALY: A number of Italian DS/MK tribute bands got together to organise two fabulous charity concerts held in Rome in aid of Invisible and Child Soldier, two children's charities run by Amnesty International (for more info on these charities go to www.amnesty.org). The concerts took place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of February at the Totem Village, Velletri (Rome). The featured bands were Alchemy Band, Rocking Fingers and Marco Caviglia's Solid Rock. Also lending their support were Chris White, Paolo Bonfanti and our own Terry Kilburn. Thanks to all who supported their efforts. (22/02/07)

MK/EMMYLOU DUETS ALBUM: The Mark Knopfler-Emmylou Harris duets album, All The Roadrunning, was released on 24th April, 2006.

Filmed interview: Mark & Emmylou (Windows media)

Filmed interview: MArk & Emmylou (Quicktime)

 
 
 
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Further details can be found on the releases page. (07/05/06)

THE JIZZBLASTER: So, you would like a guitar like MK's but can't afford a Pensa ? Well, how about a Jizzblaster ? These guitars are made up in California from 1960s Danelectro parts and are a real bargain at just $400. MK has one, you can have one, too. click here for more info. (28/06/06)

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SEEING IN THE DARK: Mark and Guy have collaborated to produce the music for a major TV documentary called Seeing In The Dark to be aired by PBS in N America on Wednesday the 19th September (check local listing for times, etc). The hour-long film is the work of award-winning journalist and film-maker Timothy Ferris. Based upon Ferris' best-selling book, it charts the rise and success of amateur astronomers. (06/09/07)

BROTHERS IN ARMS, SINGLE: Brothers in Arms has been re-recorded for the BBC in a one-take live session at London's Abbey Road studios. Monies raised from the release of the track are to go to the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) to assist with their programme of treatments for Falklands War veterans who continue to suffer the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 
 

More Falklands veterans have died from suicide than were killed in the conflict itself and others have had their lives shattered by PTSD. A very successful part of the treatment offered by SAMA is a return to the Falklands helping victims of PTSD to come to terms with their involvment in the war. SAMA tells us that as far as they are aware, none of the veterans who have made the return to the remote islands in the South Atlantic have subsequently taken their own lives.

Mark says "I'm touched that my song 'Brothers in Arms', which I wrote at the time of the Falklands war, has been chosen to support the many veterans who are still suffering from the effects of that conflict."

This new version of Brothers in Arms was released as a digital download via iTunes and similar at 10 a.m. (BST) Tuesday 29th of May, timed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the British victory at Goose Green,

Download available (UK and Ireland only) from:

Musicbrigade (audio)/Orange/HMV/Tesco/O2/OD2/Orange (Musiwave Online)/Apple Europe/Wippit/DX3 Download Store/3UK (groovemobile)/247/O2 Mobix/7Digital/Virgin Direct/Vodafone Music Service (Sony)/3UK (247)/T-Mobile UK/Napster/Sony/Vodafone (Musiwave)/Samsung/3UK (PC)

There was also a CD format of the track available only from www.falklands25.com and www.sama82.org.uk.

Musicians:

Mark Knopfler (guitar & vocals)
Luke Brighty (guitar)
Marcus Cliffe (bass)
Danny Cummings (drums)
Guy Fletcher (keyboards)
Bobby Valentino (Violin & other strings)

(updated: 21/08/07)

MARTIN MK ACOUSTIC: Mark asked C.F. Martin to undertake a second collaboration; a guitar with many of the same appointments as his original Signature Edition, but one designed for his incredible fingerstyle playing. The fruit of this new collaboration is the 000-40S Mark Knopfler “Ragpicker’s Dream” Signature Edition, a fingerstyle dream that even strummers will love.

 
 

For this new Signature Edition, Mark selected Martin’s traditional 000 12-fret body style with the long 25.4-inch scale, considered by many to be among the most beautiful and best sounding designs Martin ever made. Many of the elements that make the Martin 000 12-fret guitars from the late 1920s so prized are here. In ornamentation and premium solid tonewoods, the new Mark Knopfler Signature Edition 000 bears a striking resemblance to his Signature Edition dreadnought.

 
 

The body combines a top of rare Italian alpine spruce (the same wood used by Antonio Stradivari) with back and sides of beautiful East Indian rosewood. The neck is carved from genuine mahogany, while the fingerboard and bridge are crafted from African black ebony. Both body and neck are protected by Martin’s beautiful polished gloss lacquer finish. Mark’s signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 18th and 20th frets. For more info click here and for full specs click here. (24/07/06)

SHANGRI-LA MERCHANDISE: Merchandise from the Shangri-La tour is now available to buy at the MKShop, simply click here to see and puchase items. (24/11/05)

VARIETY CLUB TRIBUTE LUNCH: The Variety Club have presented Mark with their highest accolade, the Silver Heart, at a special Tribute Lunch held at the Civic Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Thursday 19th October 2006. Around 700 people packed the Banqueting Hall to hear Jools Holland MC the Tribute with contributions from, among others, John Illsley, fellow Geordies Jimmy Nail, Tim Healey, Alan Shearer, and legendary Shadows guitarist, Bruce Welch. Filmed tributes were also featured from various contributors including Eric Clapton, Sting, Emmylou Harris and Lord David Puttnam. Surrounded by friends and well-wishers, Mark spoke eloquently about his early life, of growing up in Newcastle and his deep affection for Northumberland.

Mark & Guy - Local Hero mp3 (Tom Dewey)

Auctioned items inculded:

Two Paddock tix for the British round of the F1 World Championship
Pair of VIP Passes for British F1 World Championship
MK Signature Strat signed by MK x 2
Framed and signed photograph on MK dedicated to the successful bidder
Framed and signed photograph of MK, additionally signed by all attending celebs

Raffle prizes included:

A luxury one week holiday in a 5* resort on Tenerife
Two tickets to see Van Morrison in concert in Newcastle in November

All proceeds from the event, including an auction and raffle, will go to the Variety Club which is a children's charity helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children up to and including the age of 18 years, irrespective of race, colour or creed. (updated: 19/10/06)

ATRR LIVE VIDEO: If you were not able to get to a show during the recent ATRR tour, you can sample the atmosphere, etc, by taking a look at this video of the opening song taken by German fan Tomek at the Frankfurt concert click here (Updated:01/07/06)

YOU TUBE VIDEO: If you can't wait to get to a gig on the MK-EH tour, or if you've been and want to re-live a little of it, then you can watch a video of I Dug Up A Diamond live at the Forest National in Brussels. June 26th 2006, on You Tube, click here to take a look. (28/05/06)

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MK AT LEMANS: Over the weekend 8th - 9th July Mark took part in the Historic LeMans 24 Hour Race. He and his co-driver did really well.

 
 
 
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Mark says, "My 1954 Austin Healey 100S raced originally by Donald Healey himself, ran perfectly and we came ninth out of a grid of 65 with some very fast machinery in it. My co-driver was Max Wakefield who went like a rocket. A top ten finish first time out for the car is an excellent result and I intend to go on developing the Healey and entering it in future events."

(20/07/06)

BIA 20TH ANNIVERSARY: On May 9th, 2005, Mercury Records released a special SACD (Super Audio 5.1 surround sound CD) version of the Brothers In Arms album to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of its release in 1985. The 13 times platinum selling album has clocked up over 20 million sales to date and achieved

FENDER MK STRAT: The Mark Knopfler Signature Fender Stratocaster has become the fastest selling signature model of modern times. For more details go Fender Guitars

The USA MK Strat: Fender Texas Special pick-ups, C-shaped neck, rosewood fingerboard, kluson-type tuners, vintage tremolo, a three-way pick-up selector switch and a Hot Rod Red
swamp ash body. Limited availability so order from your Fender retailer now.

(updated, 10/09/03)

MARK'S PENSA MK80: Mark has a new Pensa Custom guitar, a Daphne Blue MK80 presented to him just a few weeks ago by his good friend Rudy Pensa. The guitar's order number was #0188 but it has also been especially numbered #0001 and will be the only MK80 with a triple zero serial number. All other MK80s will have their order number as serial number. It has been engraved with "To Mark with love, R. Pensa." Fans in the UK can order their very own Pensa Custom exclusively from MKNews. Click the Pensa logo above for further details. (23/02/04)

 
 

LIVE AID DVD: Remember Saturday July 13th 1985 ? Well, most of the Live Aid concert, including the DS performances of Money For Nothing and Sultans of Swing, has now been put on a four disc DVD set. (06/10/04)

 
 
 
MK at Live Aid, 1985
 

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PROMO IN THE USA: Here is pic of Mark and Richard on the Prairie Home Companion live radio show in St. Paul, Minneapolis, on 2nd Oct, 2004. (03/10/04)

 
 

MARK ON NEW WILLIAM TOPLEY ALBUM: Mark is featured as a guest musician on a recording made at Guy Fletcher's studio for the title track of the new William Topley CD Sea Fever. William and his band, who opened for Mark on the last American tour, have made a limited edition version of the album available via William's website on williamtopley.com. To buy the album click on the 'shop' section of William's site. (30/04/04)

 
 

EL XACOBEO PERFORMANCE: Mark appeared at the Plaza del Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on June 10th, 2004. The appearance is scheduled to be broadcast on Spanish TVE and Galician TVG on July 25th. Mark performed two songs, What It Is and a new song called Boom Like That. Band personnel: Mark Knopfler (guitar & vocal); Jim Kimberley* (drums); Marcus Cliffe (bass); Luke Brighty* (guitar); Guy Fletcher (keyboards); and, Bobby Valentino violin). *Jim and Luke are members of William Topley's band. (updated, 11/06/04)

ROCK ISLAND LINE TRIBUTE: Mark performed two songs at the Lonnie Donegan Tribute show at the Royal Albert Hall on the 21st of June. The first song was a Lonnie Donegan song, Darling Corey, with Mark, Joe Brown and Lonnie's band. Mark was joined by Joe Brown alone for Donegan's Gone, a song about Lonnie from the forth-coming Shangri-La album. (updated, 22/06/04)

EC GUITAR AUCTION: Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Auction" run by Christie's in New York was a 100% sell out raising $7,438,624, easily eclipsing the $5 million result achieved for the first EC guitar sale organized by Christie's in 1999. The top lot was 'Blackie,' the famous black Strat that served as EC's sole stage and studio guitar from 1970 till 1985. 'Blackie' was sold for $959,500, becoming the most expensive guitar ever to have been sold at auction. Mark donated his Tobacco Sunburst Schecter Strat to the auction, it sold at just over $50,000 (approx £27,500). Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, an addiction treatment centre established by EC in 1998. (updated, 26/06/04)

JOHN FOGERTY ALBUM: Mark has just finished recording guitar parts for the new John Fogerty CD. No more details are availble at the moment but we will let you have them as soon as we get information from John's management (updated, 28/05/04)

BILL WYMAN ALBUM: Mark plays on a track called Disappearing Nightly on the new Bill Wyman album Just For A Thrill due to be released in the UK and mainland Europe on the 10th of May. (11/03/04)

BILL WYMAN GIG: Mark appeared as a special guest with Bill Wyman’s band at the Royal Albert Hall on November 12th. Mark played/sang Baloney Again and also played guitar on three other (non-MK) songs: Any Way The Wind Blows, Muleskinner Blues and Tear It Up. (updated 20/11/03)

 
MK and Bill at the RAH soundcheck
Pic © Jules Annan, 2003
 

PENSA GUITARS DAY 2003: The Pensa Guitars Day 2003 was held September 6th at Pieve di S. Stefano (Arezzo), Italy, with special guest RICHARD BENNETT. For pics from the Pensa Day 2003 click here The third Pensa Guitars & Friends day took place during September 2004.

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