Guest Review: Mark Knopfler at The O2 Arena

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Last week, SuperBreak’s Martin was lucky enough to catch Guitar legend and Dire Straits supremo Mark Knopfler at London’s O2 Arena. Here’s his account of the gig and a memorable evening in the capital…

We enjoyed a strangely intimate gig in the O2 Arena last Friday, as Mark Knopfler and friends continued their UK Tour.

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Being of a certain age (ahem!) I was in my prime when Dire Straits were doing their thing in the 80’s, and thought that this might be just a tribute to what I thought was his golden age.  How very wrong I was!  We all knew that he can play guitar, (and boy can he play guitar!) and that he has his own unique sound, but he’s managed to arrange a group of equally adept players who all bring something to the table.

Flanked by two large screens, he kicked off the gig with Broken Bones and Corned Beef City, then three with a Celtic backing – Privateering, Father and Son and Hillfarming – before introducing Ruth Moody on acoustic and playing Kingdom of Gold and Skydiver.

Then, for us that remember the old days, a fantastic rendition of Romeo and Juliet, followed by Sultans of Swing, during which he had a GoPro  on the head of the guitar giving us all a first-hand (literally) view of his fingers flying over the fret board.

The set continued with Mighty Man, Postcards from Paraguay, Speedway and Telegraph Road, by which time the audience were dancing in the aisles. Encore, of course, and the evening was made complete by an emotional (for me anyway) Local Hero.

The O2 isn’t the usual place for this kind of gig, when most of the audience just want to watch and listen -however, with large blocks of the upper tiers curtained off for the evening, the gig had an intimate feel which I thoroughly enjoyed!

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