Mark Knopfler brought musical mastery to a sold-out Metropolitan Opera House (The MET) in Philadelphia. Backed by a massive 11-piece band it seemed only fitting to have such artist in one of Philadelphia’s premier historic buildings. Knopfler’s performance was a modern-day symphonic performance.
The entire performance lasted two-hours and included three encores allowing each song to be a musical journey and on occasion Knopfler would give a brief history of how the song was created, like “Matchstick Man” with Knopfler selecting perhaps the very worse time of the year to hitchhike. Knopfler chose the end of the set to play perhaps his biggest mainstream hit “Money for Nothing.” I would’ve liked “Skateaway,” “So Far Away,” or “Industrial Disease” to be included, but it’s always difficult for a performer to select favorites without it becoming a best of show.
The tour winds through North America for the next two months before ending in at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Click HERE to see when Knopfler will be near your town!
Can’t make it to a show? Click HERE to pick up Knopfler’s new release “Down The Road Whenever”
Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman