Celebrated British guitar hero Mark Knopfler to perform at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Oct. 25, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Knopfler, who is fresh from a 70-date sell-out European tour, will bring 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).
The new music is Knopfler’s first double album of new music in his entire recording career. “The older I get, the more I want to write,” Knopfler notes. “I’m enjoying the process more than ever, writing, recording and playing live, I enjoy all of it. I’m almost tripping over songs.”
Recorded at Knopfler’s award-winning British Grove Studios in West London, Privateering is a collection of tough tales of real people, living hard lives in difficult times. The record features musicians Knopfler has been working with for years and special guests including Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Kim Wilson, (harmonica), Tim O’Brien (mandolin), and rising singing star Ruth Moody, who is also a member of the leading roots group The Wailin’ Jennys.
Of the new release, Knopfler explains, “I chose to make a double album this time just because of the sheer volume of material. I didn’t want to separate songs into genres and I didn’t want to leave too many songs on the shelf. I just wanted it to be a reflection of the fantastic sessions we had. With a great bunch of players, it’s the same as a great group of actors reading a script from the page, the thing can come alive in ways it just never has before. This is the band I have been working towards my whole life.”
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.
Tickets start at $59, plus any additional service fees. To celebrate the release of Privateering, out September 10 on UMG’s Verve Records, Knopfler will play four dates on the west coast. These dates will be the first opportunity for fans to hear Privateering material live.
Doors at the Pearl will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with extended hours on select event days. Follow The Pearl on Twitter at @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE PEARL
- August 23 – Steely Dan; Tickets start at $80
- August 24 – Russell Peters; Tickets start at $49
- August 28 & 29 – Journey; Tickets start at $83
- August 30 – Joe Satriani with special guest Steve Morse; Tickets start at $50
- September 6 & 7 – Bill Maher 2013 Residency; Tickets start at $45
- September 13 – Marc Anthony – Mexican Independence Day Weekend; Tickets start at $140
- September 14 – Carly Rae Jepsen with special guests Hot Chelle Rae; Tickets start at $33.50
- September 26 – 28 – Straight No Chaser – The Chaser Summit; Tickets start at $43.50
- October 1 & 2 – Furthur featuring Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh & Bob Weir; Tickets start at $39
- October 6 – Depeche Mode; Tickets start at $160
- October 18 – Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck; Tickets start at $69
- October 19 – King of the Cage World Amateur Championships; Tickets start at $54
- October 25 – Mark Knopfler; Tickets start at $59
- October 26 – Alice In Chains – an evening with; Tickets start at $70
- November 2 & 3 – Bill Maher 2013 Residency; Tickets start at $45
- November 22 & 23 – Ringo Starr; Tickets start at $70
For more information, please visit www.palms.com.