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14th March 2014

Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Dr. John will join blues legend JohnNY WINTER in the studio for his second album of classic covers. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper and Aerosmith star Joe Perry will...

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Mark Knopfler Scraps Russian Shows

4th April 2013

Rocker Mark Knopfler has scrapped two concerts in Russia in protest over the treatment of Moscow human rights activists.The Dire Straits founder was scheduled to perform two upcoming shows in Russia, but he has been...

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Veteran Rockers To Compete For Echo Awards

30th January 2013

Veteran rockers Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker and Mark Knopfler will battle it out for a top honour at this year's (13) Echo Awards in Germany.The trio will face fellow contenders Robbie Williams and Italian singer/songwriter...

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Stars Donate Guitar Strings To Charity Initiative

25th July 2012

Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler and Metallica's Kirk Hammett are among the stars who have handed over used guitar strings for a charity bracelet initiative.The rockers' strings have been crafted into jewellery via online...

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Bob Dylan Plans Major U.s. Arena Tour With Mark Knopfler

19th July 2012

Bob Dylan has wrecked The Who's big day by announcing an upcoming North American arena tour with former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler hours after the British rockers staged a phone-in press conference to launch...

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Adele Wins Two Ivor Novello Awards

17th May 2012

Adele picked up two prizes at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards today (17.05.12). The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker - who was nominated in four categories - was honoured with the accolades for PRS for Music...

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Knopfler 'Blocking Dire Straits Reunion'

7th October 2008

DIRE STRAITS star JOHN ILLSLEY desperately wants former bandmate MARK KNOPFLER to agree to reforming the group - because he'd "love to do" a comeback tour. The bassist is keen to join forces with Knopfler...

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Knopfler 'Turned Down' Dire Straits Reunion, Says Bassist

7th October 2008

Mark Knopfler rejected the opportunity to reform Dire Straits, according to the band's bassist John Illsley.Speaking to the BBC, Illsley admitted he would "love to do" a reunion tour but had not yet been able...

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The Things They Say 9026

30th July 2008

"I don't really care about making more money at this point. What am I going to do with it? Buy a boat?" Former DIRE STRAITS star MARK KNOPFLER....

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The Things They Say 9024

29th July 2008

"I can't listen to my early records. It sounds as if I'm trying too hard. I'm overplaying, and my singing is sometimes sharp." MARK KNOPFLER is not a fan of DIRE STRAITS' early hits....

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Jazz Guitarist Jeff Healey Dies Of Cancer At Age Of 41

3rd March 2008

Jeff Healey, the well-known jazz guitarist, has passed away at the age of 41 after losing a lifelong battle against cancer.The musician, who lost his sight as a baby due to a rare form of...

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Legends' Guitar Lost In Post

7th December 2007

A guitar signed for charity by rock legends ERIC CLAPTON, BRIAN MAY, JIMMY PAGE and MARK KNOPFLER has been lost in the post. The autographed Fender Stratocaster was set to fetch $40,000 (GBP20,000) at auction...

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Blunt Back At The Top

23rd September 2007

James Blunt's second album All The Lost Souls has entered the charts at number one.The man hated by so much of the population has nevertheless proved his enormous popularity with the follow-up to Back To...

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Dire Straits Star Helps War Veterans

24th May 2007

Former DIRE STRAITS star MARK KNOPFLER is re-releasing hit single BROTHERS IN ARMS to raise money for veterans of Britain's Falklands war. The rocker is donating all new royalties from the 1985 song to charity...

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Gabriel Auctions Off Celebrity Keyboard

6th December 2006

PETER GABRIEL is selling off a vintage keyboard signed by over 40 top musicians on online auction site eBay to raise funds for his human rights charity. The SLEDGEHAMMER singer has recruited celebrity friends including...

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Rock Publicist/manager Lippin Dies

5th December 2006

Rock publicist/manager RONNIE LIPPIN died yesterday (04DEC06) after a long battle with a rare variant of breast cancer. She was 59. Lippin began her career as a publicist for plays and films in her native...

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Buffett Tackles 2005 Storms In Bama Breeze

14th September 2006

JIMMY BUFFETT is paying tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in his new video, shot in a bar destroyed by the 2005 storm. The MARGARITAVILLE singer recorded BAMA BREEZE after witnessing the devastation of...

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Knopfler Ditches Headbands

12th September 2006

DIRE STRAITS frontman MARK KNOPFLER has ditched his trademark headbands for live performances. The BROTHERS IN ARMS hitmaker only wore the head gear to soak up the sweat generated by blazing stage lighting, but advances...

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White Scores Big Names, Alive And Dead, On New Album

20th June 2006

Singer/songwriter TONY JOE WHITE has been given a boost on his new album - he's secured the services of two of the greatest living guitarists. ERIC CLAPTON and DIRE STRAITS founder MARK KNOPFLER appear on...

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Shakira Tops Euro Singles Chart

30th May 2006

SHAKIRA feat WYCLEF JEAN is hanging onto the top spot on the European singles chart with her smash hit HIPS DON'T LIE. The sexy Colombian is keeping GNARLS BARKLEY's CRAZY at number two, while RIHANNA's...

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Knopfler's Legal War

14th May 2006

DIRE STRAITS rocker MARK KNOPFLER has launched a lawsuit after a road crash left him seriously injured and unable to work for seven months. The BROTHERS IN ARMS star is seeking $540,000 (GBP300,000) in compensation...

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Rihanna Spends Second Week At Euro Top

8th May 2006

RIHANNA continues to sit atop the European singles chart with her smash hit S.O.S. (RESCUE ME), while BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN jumps straight in at number one in the continent's albums chart with WE SHALL OVERCOME: THE...

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Knopfler: 'Emmylou And I Sing About Misery Well'

1st May 2006

MARK KNOPFLER insists his recent collaboration with country star EMMYLOU HARRIS was a success because both artists are well-versed in singing about life's miseries. The former DIRE STRAITS frontman claims the beauty of his new...

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Knopfler And Harris Team Up For Duets Album

27th April 2006

Former DIRE STRAITS frontman MARK KNOPFLER has teamed up with country queen EMMYLOU HARRIS for an album of duets. The couple met while taping a TV special with the late CHET ATKINS and became fast...

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Fairport Convention Stars Honoured At Folk Awards

7th February 2006

Veteran singer/songwriter RICHARD THOMPSON was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in London yesterday (06FEB06). The FAIRPORT CONVENTION star was presented with his award by DIRE STRAITS...

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Knopfler Gets Digital For Downloading First

13th July 2005

Former DIRE STRAITS leader MARK KNOPFLER is set to make history on his upcoming world tour by becoming the first major label artist to offer fans the chance to legally download concerts 24 hours after...

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Knopfler's Building Plans Refused

10th December 2004

Former DIRE STRAITS frontman MARK KNOPFLER is fuming after his local council refused to give him planning permission to extend his English country home. The MONEY FOR NOTHING hitmaker and his Bahrain-born wife KITTY...

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Bruce Joins John Fogerty On Tour

8th August 2004

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN has offered up his services to former CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL star JOHN FOGERTY as the rock legend gets set to tour. Springsteen and the E STREET BAND will serve as the BAD...

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Knopfler Crash Woman Deported

29th June 2004

The woman who crashed into DIRE STRAITS star MARK KNOPFLER, putting the rocker in hospital, is to be deported. MONICA BELTRAN, 23, is being sent back to Ecuador from her London home after she...

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Rockers Pay Tribute To Donegan

22nd June 2004

The cream of British rock including BILL WYMAN and ROGER DALTREY turned out to pay tribute to late singer LONNIE DONEGAN on Monday night (21JUN04). VAN MORRISON, MARK KNOPFLER, JOOLS HOLLAND, JOE COCKER and...

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