LIVE: Mark Knopfler @ the Palace Theatre, 10/11/15

October 14th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photographs by Kathy Conway

Dire Straits made a stop at Rensselaer’s now long-defunct Hulla-Baloo back on February 28, 1979 on their first U.S. tour in support of their self-titled debut album. And an awful lot has happened since then…

The band became one of the world’s most successful bands with 1985’s Brothers in Arms (which became the first compact disc to sell a million copies). They broke up in 1988, re-formed in 1991 and then broke up once again in 1995.

Yes, Dire Straits was a band, but it was always obvious that Mark Knopfler carried way more of the creative load than all the other members. He was an ace narrative songwriter, a vocalist with an admitted limited range who nonetheless always managed to suck you right into the song and simply one of the most distinctive, instantly recognizable guitarists of the rock era.

And, as he proved at the Palace Theatre last weekend, he’s still all of those things. He is not, however, a very dynamic performer on stage. But needless to say, that didn’t matter much to the sold-out crowd.

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LIVE: Mark Knopfler @ the Palace Theatre, 5/9/10

May 11th, 2010, 3:05 pm by Greg

Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

Even back in his Dire Straits days, Mark Knopfler was never really an especially dynamic live performer. He was – and still is – an amazing guitarist, an ace songwriter and a singer with a limited range, who nonetheless managed to suck you right into the song.

So the fact that he was sitting centerstage on a stool throughout his show at the Palace Theatre on Sunday (apparently due do a recent back injury) didn’t dampen his performance one iota.

In fact, it seemed to draw the sold-out crowd in even closer, making it a more intimate show than you might have expected.

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