Knopfler – A Maestro at The MET

Mark Knopfler performing in Philadelphia on 08.17.19

Mark Knopfler performing in Philadelphia

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.

Mark Knopfler performing in Philadelphia on 08.17.19

Mark Knopfler performing in Philadelphia

Opening with “Why Aye Man,” from the Ragpicker’s Dream the tone was set for the evening.  Each song had that immediate recognizable playing style which is a blend of Eric Clapton soulfulness with Jeff Beck mechanics.  The setlist included selections from Knopfler’s extensive catalog, offering only a few Dire Straits songs.  The songs allowed Knopfler and band-mates to showcase their abilities throughout the night.  Each player was allowed a brief spotlight showcasing their talents in a mini solo.  The multi-talented band played numerous woodwinds and brasswind instruments which accentuated the feeling in each song. 

Mark Knopfler performing in Philadelphia on 08.17.19

Mark Knopfler performing in Philadelphia

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.    

Mark Knopfler Setlist

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

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