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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 06:09 PM
Mark seems to get only occassional mention around these parts, but my personal opinion is that he's one of the greatest talents around. Writes tons of great songs with meaning and depth, and plays a guitar with expression and grace that few can match.

I had the pleasure of seeing him this past Sunday in the Chicago Theater, and what a great night it was. A good mixture of new and old, a very unique show that both rocked and mellowed-out, with every tune played just beautifully by great musicians. Something that really impressed me was how respectful the audience was of every note. At most shows, the outro's to many tunes get stepped all over by fans hollering away. Not Sunday night - where virtually every note was allowed to be savored before the cheers began.

I'm getting to see him again in Charlotte in two weeks, so maybe I'll have more to say after that show, but for now, a few pics to share -





















 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 06:12 PM
Brilliant musician, brilliant songwriter.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 06:42 PM
Great pics Rich. Did he play a resonator? I enjoyed that when I saw him a few yrs back. See you in 2.5 weeks!

Edit, I see the resonator in the background of some of your shots, so he must have played it.

[Edited on 7/17/2008 by Brock]

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 06:46 PM
I love Mark Knopfler and agree - one of the best guitarists/songwriters! Dire Straits were always on my fave list. Saw where he was going to be in Chicago (and what a great venue) but just couldn't swing things work-wise. Do you have a setlist of what he played Fuji?

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 06:56 PM
Judging by those pics (esp. the bridge), it looks like he's playing a plain old American Standard Stratocaster. I've got one too, but mine doesn't sound like his...

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 07:31 PM
Love the guy. I have some Dire Straits vinyl and one of my fav. CD's is with him and Emmylou (All the Roadrunning).

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 07:51 PM
I'll try to answer the questions as best as I can -


Setlist - here you go...

Cannibals
Why Aye Man
What It Is
Sailing To Philadelphia
True Love Will Never Fade
The Fish And The Bird
Hill Farmer's Blues
Romeo And Juliet
Sultans Of Swing
Song for Sonny Liston (Mark sang one of the early verses twice!)
Marbletown (extended version!)
Speedway At Nazareth
Telegraph Road

Encores:
Brothers In Arms
So Far Away
Going Home (Theme of The Local Hero)

BTW - "Brother in Arms" Sunday might have been the greatest version I've ever heard. Of course it doesn't hurt when your sitting 10-15 feet from the man. But how he manages to invest so much emotion into that song after hundreds of times doing it is just amazing. I don't mind saying that that I had tears running down my cheek and a lump in my throat.



The National Resonator - yup, he played it. On three songs I think: Hill Farmer's Blues, Romeo & Juliet, and the intro to Speedway (I think). Oddly, the one pictured on stage was never used. His is the 1936/37 Type O. I have a picture of him playing it, but didn't post it before because I'm still striving for a really good one of him playing this famous guitar. This one was almost.... but not quite -





The Strat - actually, that's his signature Strat. More info here


Finally, a few more pics of my weekend in Chicago - I had a great time!








And yes - we did have the cheezborger's

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 08:01 PM
Oh, it was a Knopfler Signature Stratocaster - that explains the difference!

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 08:03 PM
Thanks for sharing this info, Fuji. Sounds like a wonderful show, great setlist! Chicago is indeed a fun place and your pics, both of the show and the city, are amazing! Glad to hear you had such a good time! (and in back of my head I'm now thinking 'must see Knopfler, must see Knopfler...; )r

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 08:21 PM
Beautiful pictures... Mark is playing in NJ next Friday, and it will be my first time seeing him.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2008 at 08:52 PM
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Oh, it was a Knopfler Signature Stratocaster - that explains the difference!

Don't we all wish it was just the instrument!

 

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