Mark Knopfler Defies Pain to Wow Crowds at the Royal Albert Hall

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Mark Knopfler, the man who can make a guitar sing like no-one else, put in a thrilling performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night in the second of six gigs at the landmark venue.

The former lead-singer of Dire Straits has embarked on a successful solo career in recent years and during his impressive performance he mixed some stirring new numbers with timeless classics, gripping old and young fans alike.

Even a trapped nerve – which confined the Glasgow-born crooner to a seat for much of the performance – failed to dampen Knopfler’s energy. Backed by a band including renowned wooden- flutist Michael McGoldrick and violinist John McCuskar, the 60 year old played a flawless two-hour set, showing no signs of slowing down just yet.

After enthralling the crowd with his own songs ranging from upbeat folk rifts to mellow ballads, his distinctive gruff voice bellowed out Dire Straits hits Romeo and Juliet, Sultans of Swing, Brothers in Arms and Telegraph Road.

He left to a standing ovation after some of the crowd had surged forward to take in the last few songs at the front of the stage – a perfect end to a bank holiday weekend.

Knopfler will be performing all week at the Royal Albert Hall with his last gig on Friday.


  1. Lettice says:

    “the man who can make a guitar sing like no-one else”

    He’s good, but he’s not as good as Hank Marvin!

    • Trus Wrodbrochen says:

      We can debate the ‘best guitarist’ schtick for years.

      Here’s my definition of a great, legendary guitarist:

      “You Know Within Two Notes Who It Is”

      Among these ‘influencers’ are:

      BB King
      Albert Lee
      Chet Atkins
      James Burton
      Eric Clapton
      Robbie Robertson
      Jimi Hendrix
      Jerry Reed
      Jeff Beck
      Jerry Donohue
      Mark Knopfler
      Angus Young
      Buddy Guy
      Keith Richard
      Wes Montgomery
      Duane Eddy
      Robert Johnson
      Davey Graham

      Now, there may be another 350,567 fantastic guitar players who are technically more proficient than the above (please don’t mention Steve Vai!). But the point is, you wouldn’t immediately know who they were unless you were told. All the above have their identifying and “unique” sound that they carry in their head and hands.

  2. Lilac says:

    Did he do Money for Nuthin’?

    • Jonny says:

      No unortunately, he didn’t play Walk of Life either, but more than made up for it with the others!