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Knopfler in Warsaw
April 23, 2008 By P.M.     wersja polska »
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Mark Knopfler, the frontman of legendary British rock group Dire Straits, is playing May 2 at the Torwar arena in Warsaw.

Knopfler was born in Glasgow. He is mainly known for his time with Dire Straits. The band's big hits include "Telegraph Road," "Walk of Life" and "Money for Nothing." The group is not recording anything new, but Knopfler is prospering as a soloist. His latest album, Kill to Get Crimson, was released last year. Knopfler's performance in Warsaw will be part of a concert tour promoting the album.

Before he started his career as a musician, Knopfler was a journalist. At the end of the 1970s, he founded Dire Straits in London. Knopfler also played with other bands. With the Notting Hillbillies he recorded the Missing... Presumed Having a Good Time folk-inspired album. He also worked with and wrote music for the likes of Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan. Some of Knopfler's best pieces include "Private Dancer" for Turner and "Slow Train Coming" for Dylan. Knopfler also composed the soundtrack for films including Last Exit to Brooklyn and Wag the Dog.

Knopfler's solo career kicked off with the Golden Heart album of 1996. His second solo album, Sailing to Philadelphia, appeared four years later with guest performances by Van Morrison and James Taylor. The next two albums, Ragpicker's Dream and Shangri-La, were cut in 2002 and 2004. On the latter, Knopfler is accompanied by Glenn Worf on bass guitar, Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Chad Cromwell on percussion, Richard Bennett on guitar, and Matt Rollings on piano. Knopfler says that their rendering of old Dire Straits hits is better than the originals.

May 2, Hala Torwar, 6a Łazienkowska St.
8 p.m., Tickets: zl.220 and zl.145,standing room zl.120
www.ticketpro.pl, www.livenation.pl
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