Celebrated British guitarist Mark Knopfler put on a live performance at the Pearl at the Palms on Friday night. The tour was in support of his newest release “Privateering,” marking one of the first times a West Coast audience was treated to live performances from the new album. He performed “Corned Beef City,” “I Used To Could” and, title track, “Privateering” from the album as well as hits from his Dire Straits days like “Local Hero” and “Romeo And Juliet.”
Knopfler, who earlier this year completed a 70-date sell-out European tour, brought with him the seven-piece band that helped create “Privateering” – Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Guy Fletcher (keyboards), John McCusker (fiddle), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), Ian Thomas (drums) and Glenn Worf (bass).
A multiple Grammy award winner as the lead singer/songwriter for Dire Straits, Knopfler combined his wry lyrics with his guitar prowess to create such major hits as “Money For Nothing,” “Sultans Of Swing,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Walk of Life.” He has collaborated with artists such as Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris and Van Morrison, as well as scoring several films including Cal, Local Hero, Princess Bride and A Shot at Glory.
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