â€˜Kill To Get Crimsonâ€™ is the latest entry to a bespoke catalogue of albums in a distinguished recording career of 30 years. Like a vividly-drawn novel, the latest crafted collection contains roles for painters, penny balladeers, schoolboy waltzers and heroic losers.
Knopfler may be a self-confessed studio boffin, but heâ€™s just as much a fan of the road, and indeed of the writing pad. He constantly counts his blessings for it all. â€œI really like hanging around the house and writing songs. Even if itâ€™s going badly, I like it. I never panic about it, I always think â€˜Oh well, itâ€™ll sort itself out eventually, even if it takes years.â€™ I enjoy recording very much. Then I enjoy touring and travelling, that doesnâ€™t scare me at all. Thatâ€™s not like everybody else.â€
Knopfler is enthusiastic, as are the musicians on it, to take â€˜Kill To Get Crimsonâ€™ on the road. When they get there, he will fill the set with music from all periods of his career, including material from the days of Dire Straits.
â€œPeople will always want you to play songs from the songbook. Thatâ€™s part of what youâ€™re doing playing live. Youâ€™ve got to please yourself but at the same time itâ€™s a celebration, youâ€™re all there to have a good time together. I enjoyed writing the songs, I enjoyed recording them so Iâ€™m going to enjoy playing them.
â€œI donâ€™t play anything I donâ€™t want to play, so if I get up there and play â€˜Romeo & Julietâ€™ or â€˜Brothers In Armsâ€™ itâ€™s because I want to. Itâ€™s important to me that itâ€™s important to people, that youâ€™ve created milestones in peopleâ€™s lives.â€
Mark Knopfler Live @ The RDS Main Hall May 19th Tickets are â‚¬54.80 & The Odyssey Arena on May 20th tickets are Â£40, Â£38 on sale Monday Sept 24th @ 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets Nationwide.
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