Mark Knopfler is adding a performance at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden on September 25 with special guest Bonnie Raitt to his upcoming North American tour in support of his latest critically acclaimed album, Down the Road Wherever. Tickets are available for presale to fans on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time at both http://tour.markknopfler.com and http://www.bonnieraitt.com, as well as via Live Nation on Thursday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, while the general public can purchase tickets beginning Friday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Each ticket comes with a copy of Down the Road Wherever.
Fans are urged to buy tickets from Knopfler’s website rather than resellers as the tickets’ authenticity and price can’t be guaranteed. Check http://markknopfler.com for the best way to buy tickets and for all details of safe fan-to-fan resale sites.
Down The Road Wherever is Knopfler’s ninth solo studio album, out now on British Grove Records via Blue Note, and can be purchased at https://markknopfler.lnk.to/DTRWPR. The record is available via digital download, CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with three bonus tracks and a lavish box set that includes the album on both vinyl, deluxe CD, an additional 12” vinyl EP with 4 exclusive bonus tracks, a 12” print of the album artwork and a 12” guitar tablature of ‘Back On The Dance Floor.’
Recorded by Knopfler at British Grove—his West London studio—Down The Road Wherever features 14 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including Knopfler’s early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon diner.
Knopfler recently premiered the album tracks “Back On The Dance Floor” and “Good On You Son,” plus the video for “Good On You Son” can be streamed/shared at https://mark
On tour Knopfler will perform with an expanded ten-piece band, most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions include Graeme Blevins (saxophone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet).
‘My songs are made to be performed live,’ notes Knopfler. ‘I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.’