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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Kill To Get Crimson

Last night, my wife and I attended our third Mark Knopfler concert. To say we are fans would be an understatement. The founder and lead guitarist and singer of the group "Dire Straits" has been on his own (in a manner of speaking) for about 16 years now. He's done 6 solo records and has scored at least a half dozen sound tracks for films. He puts on a fantastic show that highlights his guitar virtuosity and makes him, in my opinion, one of the three or four best guitarists in the world. The set last night was wide-ranging, covering tracks from all his solo albums as well as digging deep into the "Dire Straits" catalog for crowd favorites. All in all we had a great time.

Mark Knopfler is an artist whose fame doesn't seem to extend so much to the younger set. Last night's crowd was mostly baby boomers. I ran into at least a dozen PERS retirees who recognized me from my pictures posted hither and yon on the net. It was really fun to chat up these fellow music fans and retirees. Judging from the crowd, I'd hazard a guess that I met only the tip of the iceberg at the show. I'd imagine that there were lots more PERS members/retirees there. We all have good taste, except for the few idiots so drunk that they could barely speak, much less walk or follow instructions.

If you were at the show, leave a comment. PERS retirees have a life, just like everyone else. I like concerts and evidently quite a few of you do too. Incidently, if you were at the show, you may have been as perplexed by the same two things I was: the opening act was positively awful, something typically unheard of at a Mark Knopfler show, and second, the absence of the title track from the new CD and name of the tour. That hasn't been on the set list for any part of the US tour.


lhwiens said...

Yes, Knopfler is a wonderful performer. Where was "Walk of Life" and "Golden Heart"? I agree the opening act got the show off to a bad start. The old standards "Romeo and Juliet" and "Sultans of Swing" still get me high.

mrfearless47 said...

Yeah, you just can't get everything these days at a concert. The last tour opened with William Topley, who is just fabulous. I have several of his CDs. I would have also preferred to hear Je Suis Desole, would have liked to have had James Taylor duetting on Sailing to Philadelphia, and heard Money for Nothing. I also happen to like "Punish the Monkey" from the new CD.