Lyric Of The Week: Bob Dylan, "Blind Willie McTell"
The song is a testament to Dylan's brilliance and idiosyncrasy
[...]Dylan later told Rolling Stone that he felt the song hadn’t been properly recorded, but the
aural evidence suggests otherwise. Sparse as the original two-man take may have been, it’s haunting just the same, as Knopfler plays tender, understated
fills and Bob’s timing on the minor-key piano chords continually surprises. [...]
[...] Though Knopfler, 66, often deferred to the prodigiously talented members of his band, he drew more than enough mesmerizing sounds from his Stratocaster to remind
us why he’s considered one of the great finger-pickers in rock history. [...]
CONCERT-REVIEW: Atlanta, Georgia, 24. Oktober 2015
Mark Knopfler - Lie at Chastain
"[...] It was an enjoyable show, one that demonstrated his abundant guitar skills, but, like his solo albums, a fairly tepid experience. Dire Straits song
were rare, which was not nearly often enough to offset the weight of his more American/English folk based pursuits as a solo artist. That was then.
This is now. [...]"
Mark Knopfler brings his neverending story to Montreal
"[...] Like Van Morrison’s work, Knopfler’s often seems like one long song. And his kitchen-sink dramas, with their revolving-door casts of hard-luck loners,
fading heroes and star-crossed lovers, feel like part of a black and white film, one filled with bittersweet regret. [...]"
Mark Knopfler concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee
"[...] Another highlight occurred at the end of the set proper. Knofler announced, “It’s been 23 months, eh, 23 years since I’ve attempted to sing this
song.” He added, “This could be a complete and utter disaster.” He was referring to the Dire Straits song “On Every Street,” and they did it justice. [...]"
[Knopflerverkündete: "Es ist
schon23 Monate, eh, 23 Jahre her, seit ichversucht habe,
diesesLied zu singen." Er fügte hinzu: "Dies könnte eine vollständige und
vollkommeneKatastrophe sein."Er bezog sich auf denDire Strait-Song
'On every Street'"]
Sound Check: Productivity keeps Mak Knopfler out of creative dire straits
"[...] ' I’m not as distracted as I once was,” the 66-year-old singer and guitarist says by phone from his home in London. “If you’re thinking the road ahead is a
little shorter than the one behind you, you’re thinking about trying to write a good song and hoping to make a decent record of it.' [...] "
Mark Knopfler makes a long wait worthwhile at ACL Live
"[...] Knopfler hadn’t played Austin since a 1985 City Coliseum date with his former band, Dire Straits (whose only other Austin appearance was a 1980
performance that was one of the last shows at Armadillo World Headquarters). [...]”
(Richard Bennett, Guy Fletcher und John McCusker kommen zu Wort.)
"[...] Richard Bennett: 'That's a very big thing we talk about, honoring the song,' he said. 'That's what you're there for. You're not there to be the star, it's
not about you, it's about honoring the song. And that's how Mark treats his own songs.' [...]”
"[...] By the second song, a giant rainbow appeared in the east and you could see Knopfler pointing it out to his bandmates. It was the universe
sending those who braved the weather a sign that it would be worth their trip. And it was. [...]”
(Mit dem zweitenSongerschien im
Osten einriesiger Regenbogen undman konnte sehen, wie Knopflerseine Bandkollegen darauf hinwies. Das Universumsandte denjenigen, diedem Wetter trotzten, ein Zeichen, dassihreReise es wertwar. Und so war es.)
Knopfler amuzeert zichzelf en publiek in Sportpaleis
"[...] Dollen met de roadie, grapjes met het publiek: Mark Knopfler had er zin in, gisteravond in het Sportpaleis. De voormalige frontman van Dire Straits nam in
Antwerpen revanche voor zijn iets mindere passage van twee jaar geleden. [...]”
Begeesterende Mark Knopfler overtuigt in Antwerps Sportpaleis
"[...] Mark Knopfler speelde met vuur in de vingers en passie in de stem, gisteravond in het Antwerps Sportpaleis. De voormalige frontman van Dire Straits had
duidelijk veel spelplezier, en dat straalde af op groep en publiek. Het werd een begeesterd concert waarin classics werden afgewisseld met recenter solowerk.
A Plaque bearing Mark Knopfler's name has been added (01.06.2015) to
the"Newcastle / Gateshead Local Heroes Walk of Fame"
"[... ] Mark Knopfler, who hopes to see his new plaque on a visit to his home region this year, said:“To be voted a Local Hero by the people of Tyneside is a
wonderful honour which I will treasure. [...]”
"[...] There's a glorious familiarity to a Mark Knopfler performance. Much of this comes from the rapport he has with his crew: a fantastic
bunch of multi-instrumentalists who share plenty of banter with their leading man. [...]"
"[...] Mark Knopfler doesn't do showboating. Head down, focus on, that signature red and white Fender Stratocaster wrapped around his frame, one of rock music's
most treasured, six-string virtuosos is all about the subtle approach. So, too, are the fans. [...]"
Mark Knopfler and friends impress at Sheffield's new Steel Hall
"[... ] After a few minutes, the band were back with So Far Away and Shangri-La, where the band looked so chilled, which was followed by Knopfler telling the
audience if they get a standing ovation, they get an encore....if they don’t get one, they get two. [...]"
Talking with Mark Knopfler: 'I try to write good Songs and make good Records - and get better
"[...] To listen to "Tracker" is to hear 84 minutes of music that is, for fans of grown-up music, just a bit better than almost anything else out there. To listen
to "Tracker" is to weep for joy. [...]"
"[...] Knopfler has never been a typical rock star. When he first started playing gigs with Dire Straits, the group he helped form in 1977, he tried to stand at
the side of the stage, so that it would be the songs, not the man
who created them, that would be front and centre. [...]"
"Guitar Gods: [...] Mark Knopfler is one of those players that makes it all look so easy to the uninitiated, alternating between singing and stinging guitar fills.
[...]" (auf etwa halber Höhe der Website)