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Salute the Knopf!

Simon Mayo | 08:14 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Last night to see Mark Knopfler and his band at the Royal Albert Hall. I've seen Mark close up at Maida Vale and he has come in the studio and played but I've never seen the whole band thing. What is obvious is that he only plays with the most accomplished musicians, many of whom he has been playing with for a while. I'll mention two. Firstly John McCusker who is simply the man you want on fiddle (and many other instruments) and Mike McGoldrick on pipes (and many other instruments). Stunning to watch and a masterclass on its own, without even looking at the Knopf. We got loads of Mark's solo stuff along with Sultans of Swing, Telegraph Road, Brothers in Arms and Romeo and Juliet. Band members of Dire Straits waiting for the renunion might have to wait a while longer I think.
Oh yes, and Mark was sitting down for the gig due a bad back. Along with at least half of his audience.

So today Drivetimers we offer you writer Tony Parsons who has another sequel to "Man And Boy" out called "Men From The Boys", he's on after 6.

And at the risk of antagonising the good Dr Kermode, I think we should be choosing songs to mark "Sex and the City 2" being the UK and Ireland's number 1 film, taking 6 million pounds in 3 days. You might love it. You might agree with Mark ("its vile and putrid"). Either way, your song choices below, thank you!

Email:simonmayo@bbc.co.uk

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