Mark Knopfler / Dire Straits

Discussion in 'IGT Soundtrack - Your Band, Your Gig, Your Music' started by Asmodeus, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. Asmodeus

    Asmodeus New Member

    The less hyped concert by the most wonderful, laziest guitarist in the world, Mark Knopfler and his band Dire Straits may not be happening in Mumbai after all. It's due to the really extreme entertainment tax ****! Why does this happen 4ever and ever???

    first the I Rock controversy... and now this! :mad:

    P.S. Dire Straits originally planned to come durin April
  2. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Cant do nuthin 'bout the G.O's Asmodeus, i'll think about it when i'm elected prime minister:p: Entertainment tax sucks, it's preventing major events from happening, crud, we should hold a demonstration:)
  3. fictional_real

    fictional_real Pyaasi Jawani

    @asmodues.....entertainment tax r very high in mumbai. so, most of the organizer heads towards delhi or bangalore.
  4. Asmodeus

    Asmodeus New Member

    Yeah.. I know that... and thats why lets "Kick The Chair"
  5. bob-bobby

    bob-bobby Extinct or Banned!

    its indeed very sad to know ,...

    but theres hardly anything u can do as an individual !!!
  6. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    We're 4000+ strong here bobby;) Shall we do something?:p:
  7. bob-bobby

    bob-bobby Extinct or Banned!

    well not a bad idea but how many of those 4000 + are active and how many from those actives are from bombay and how many from those from bombay would be serious enuf to protest and follow up the matter !!!!!

    sorry but this is the fact , you can go for poll !!
  8. El macho

    El macho New Member


    **** mann! My heart is broken!
    I didn't know the bad news! :((
  9. Asmodeus

    Asmodeus New Member


    Mark Knopfler's scheduled to rock he city on the 5th Of March, 2005 in the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla complex!

    BUT ****!!! I CANT GO!!! Cuz the next2next day, I have a fkin! BOARD paper... Why did he have to prepone the show???

    Still, no complaints! Thank god that the entertainment taxes have been reduced... !
  10. ambuj

    ambuj Pro Tabber

    yeah.. i'll be missin the show too coz of the fkin board paper... suks
  11. Bandbaaja

    Bandbaaja Pronounced Band Baaaa Ja

    I just confirmed
  12. KnightRider

    KnightRider New Member

    man... i m jealous of all u guys in Mumbai... :mad: :annoyed:
    ****.... cant believe that Knopfler will be performing in Mumbai... and i wont be there... U guys r lucky mannnnnnnnnn.... :mad:
    @asmodeus and ambuj ... **** theboard and go to the freaking concert... u wudnt wanna miss it... LOL...j/k hard... and good luck for u'r papers :rockon:
  13. jamhead

    jamhead Unknown Legend

    can someone tell us where the ticks will be availale and for what price?

    smita deshmukh wasnt much help :(

    does anyone know which organisers are bringing him ? its not DNA is all i know
  14. nebuchadnezzar

    nebuchadnezzar G34r G33k

    Ya...I also wanna know abt price and availability of tickets....basically how do non-Mumbai junta get tickets?
  15. jamhead

    jamhead Unknown Legend

    From the Horse's Mouth

    not really about his comming concert, but here's an article i found on the net that has the guitar god talking about his last musical effort...

    STORIES FROM SHANGRI-LA: Mark Knopfler talks about the new album ‘Shangri-La’.

    Q: Mark, since your motorcycle accident last March you seem to have been very productive, both writing songs and then recording the new album in California.

    A: I found myself writing a lot. I was at home and not on the road, so the accident has had a happy side to it. I’m fighting fit now, raring to go.

    Q: You’ve used your regular band and co-produced as usual, with Chuck Ainlay.

    A: Yes, Chuck and the band have been ten years or so with me so we have a good shorthand and the same sense of humour. It’s a good feeling, a high point for me when we get together. I’ll just play them the song on guitar, we talk about it a little bit and then just go and do it.

    The band are the usual outfit: Richard Bennett on guitar, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on organ and piano, Glenn Worf on bass and Chad Cromwell on drums.

    We all play together, get some leakage going from the room so some of the guys are bleeding into each other a bit. We share the same air and there’s a minimum of overdubs. The band plays and listens so well and we don’t have to stop the tape. We’d do a few takes, but often used the first one.

    Q: Did the recording location make a difference?

    A: Shangri-La is a 60’s vintage studio in Malibu. People like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Band used to hang out a lot there. The owner has done a lot to preserve the place and invited me to record there. Old California seemed to go with a lot of the stuff I was doing and some of it rubbed off on the recordings.

    Q: You’re not always a big fan of explaining your song lyrics, are you?

    A: Well, some I can. I like the way David Hockney talks about his painting, for example, and I try to be as simple and as direct as possible. But sometimes I find the more you try to explain certain songs, the more they can get away from you. And people want to make them their own, into something personal and private, and they do. It’s one of the interesting things about it - it moves away from you and becomes theirs after a while. In ‘The Trawlerman’s Song’, for instance, I’d want him to come from wherever in the world you want him to come from, so I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you by saying where I got the idea.

    Some songs are easier to talk about than others. There are themes that link a lot of them. I’ll sometimes be trying to look at the present by looking at the past. Times change but people don’t. There are plenty of characters - lovers, fighters, fishermen, conmen, showmen, musicians, thieves, politicians. I found myself in the 60’s a fair bit and even earlier influences on me from when I was small, like Lonnie Donegan and The Shadows.

    5.15 am: This is partly about the murder of a fruit machine man on Tyneside that figured very big when I was a young teenager. I can be slow to get around to writing songs! The body was in a huge Jag and discovered by a pitman coming home from nightshift on his bicycle on a frozen morning. The nightclubs were moving into Newcastle. The Americanisation of our culture comes later but always comes. Notting Hill had its first drive-by shooting last week.

    Back to Tupelo: I suppose I realised gradually as a kid that Elvis wanted to be a Hollywood star as well as a singer. I didn’t realise quite how badly. It surprised me to learn that there are music managers today who admire his manager, Colonel Parker. And thousands of youngsters today want to be famous, often just to be famous, probably more than at any time in the past.

    Boom, Like That: This is about Ray Kroc, the man who made McDonalds into a worldwide business. Again, there are conflicting views about him today: the anti-globalisation movement on the one hand and the people who call him a visionary and business-model creator on the other. The song consists mostly of things Kroc said himself.

    Sucker Row: I imagined a small time go-go proprietor-pimp with what he calls ‘a beautiful vision’ of Las Vegas. The founders of Vegas have been described by some as visionaries and ‘dream weavers’ and others feel differently.

    Song for Sonny Liston: Well, Sonny Liston was a big figure for me as a kid. He was the supposedly unbeatable bogeyman who the young Muhammed Ali (then Cassius Clay) had to knock over in order to become champion. He had shady characters making money off him. He had a wretched childhood; he never smiled. In some ways his story reminds me of Mike Tyson’s. There’s a powerful book about Liston, ‘Night Train’ by Nick Tosches, which really helped me with the song.

    I did that one as a trio, one guitar, bass and drums and I did a similar thing with ‘Donegan’s Gone’ although Jim put a bit of organ in there with us. When I was six years old I started out with a couple of Donegan records. It felt good to get back on bottleneck guitar for that one. It was an honour to perform it with Joe Brown at a tribute to Lonnie at the Royal Albert Hall recently. I have a special memory of Lonnie in our kitchen singing softly to our baby daughter, who was spellbound.

    Postcards From Paraguay: I imagined some errant individual doing a runner with the stolen loot. Someone suggested to me recently that the album is partly about the honest toiler versus those who thrive on ill-gotten gains. Perhaps the subject has been more on my mind in these days of corporate crime.

    Q: Some people are going to hear the lyric ‘Got shot off my horse, so what I’m up again’ on ‘Everybody Pays’ and think you’re talking about your accident.

    A: Whatever works for you! When you want to sing and dance - when a kid tells me he wants to be a professional musician, I look at him and think well great but I know it’s going to kick him sometimes. The highs are high but the lows can be pretty low, too. In that sense it’s a little like sport because it’s something of a supercharged atmosphere. There’s the influence of Hank (Marvin) in my guitar there as there is in ‘Our Shangri-La’. That’s a song about getting the most out of the here and now. I love Hank’s playing. He’s the reason my first guitar had to be red.

    Q: In amongst all this creativity on your own album, you’ve also been working on a duets record with Emmylou Harris, haven’t you?

    A: Yes, we’ve managed to get in the odd recording session here and there over the past few years. I hope we can get a record out before too long - it’s been so easy to do and Emmy is so fab, so we’ll hopefully have that too.

    Q: Having had to postpone a tour because of the accident you must be itching to get back on the road.

    A: I’m looking forward to getting out there. I missed a tour and that never happens. Playing live has always been such a big part of it all for me. I’m one of the lucky ones: I’m happy writing and recording, rehearsing and playing live - the whole cycle.
  16. jamhead

    jamhead Unknown Legend

    sorry delhi dudes .... and have fun bangalore babes.........

    i have it on authority that the delhi gig of mark knopfler has been cancelled and that he will instead perform at the palace grounds in bangalore on the evening of the 7th of march.....the mumbai gig is still on, on the 5th evening.

    tickets for either concert are priced at 1000 and 2500 bucks, available in a vareity of outlets.
  17. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Hmm.......i wish i could go.....have my damn exams on, otherwise would have atleast tried to go.......
  18. El macho

    El macho New Member

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Guys! He's performing on 5th, & I can't afford to miss It
    Right said Asmodeus, The God is coming! & hey guys sorry to know about ur exams!
    Well Any clue about the Tickets?? I'm not in Mumbai!
  19. jamhead

    jamhead Unknown Legend

    planet M is a sure bet.. both in mum and b'lore

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