Mark Knopfler at Red Rocks

I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Mark Knopfler and his band perform live at Red Rocks last night...IT WAS AWESOME!!! I knew he was a very masterful guitar player, but to see him in action was amazing. His band was very tight and the music seemed to just flow. He did several songs each off of his last few albums and even threw in some Dire Straits material. If you get a chance to see him where you live...DO IT! It was one of the best concerts that I've seen.
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It was an extraordinary concert in a spectacular venue. And I was really looking forward to it. Too bad they had an amateur at the soundboard. The mixing destroyed the subtly of Knopfler's playing by over-emphasizing some frequencies, often losing musicians like Richard Bennett and Glen Worf in distortion, digital glare and frequency imbalance. This was especially disturbing on his, newer and more subtly-played songs. Red Rocks needs to invest in better help, or Mark should. That and the annoying warm-up singer with her patronizing attitude toward the audience - "You're sooo cute..." (Gimmeafrigginbreak!) - compromised what should have been a spectaculat concert.
Another spectacular evening at one of the most magnificent venues anywhere. Knopfler played twice as long as his '06 appearance - which was so short it was an embarrassment to all. At least at that show he offered a smokin' warm-up band: William Topley. The mistake that opened last night was literally painful.

As usual, Knopfler was spot-on and at the top of his game. Perfect selection of tunes spanning his career. Hopefully, it won't be too long till he's back.
I had the chance to see the Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris All The Road Running mini-tour at Radio City in NYC, and it was spectacular. As good as he is, she eclipsed him. She is that great, and that's just a statement of fact. They are each truly unique and original. But she, there is no other.