Rock and roll icon Mark Knopfler is set to appear with his 10 piece touring band August 30 at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets and details can be found HERE. All ticket purchasers also receive a free copy of his upcoming album Down The Road Wherever.
The 29 date North American tour kicks off August 16 and includes stops at venues like Red Rocks, The Ryman Auditorium, Austin City Limits and Madison Square Garden.
Few can lay claim to kind of career Knopfler has carved over the past 40 years. His band Dire Straits, founded with brother David, literally exploded into our consciousness with the 1978 album of the same name. They were quick to follow it up Communique, Making Movies, Love Over Gold, Live Alchemy and Brothers In Arms. That last album holds the distinction of being the first million seller using the CD format, on its way to sales of over 30 million. The song Money For Nothing was a world wide, blow up hit and is as entrenched in the memories of early MTV watchers as Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
While the band was not recording or performing, Knopfler managed to produce Bob Dylan’s Infidels (perhaps my favorite of that particular oeuvre) and helped launch the career of Aztec Camera. He penned Private Dancer for Tina Turner, putting her back on the road to the top. He has continued to score a wide range of movies.
Best of all, the man has continued to create music which is relevant. While many of his generation have chosen to rest on their laurels and to exploit past accomplishments for current income, Knopfler has continued to work as hard as ever.
Down The Road Wherever marks Knopfler’s ninth solo effort and is due out on Blue Note, November 16. It also takes him and his distinctive guitar work back on the road where fans can celebrate his music in person. Expect an eclectic mix of music from a long and fruitful career. Expect a night of wonder from one of the most distinctive guitar players on the planet.