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Show #56 : 24/05/2005, Cardiff @ Cardiff International Arena  

Venue: Cardiff International Arena  [ Website ]

Address: Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EQ

Capacity: 7500   [ Seating map ]

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(The titles in blue show the differences with the previous setlist)

01. Why Aye Man
02. Walk Of Life
03. What It Is
04. Sailing to Philadelphia
05. Romeo and Juliet
06. Sultans Of Swing
07. Done With Bonaparte
08. Song for Sonny Liston
09. Donegan's Gone
10. Rudiger
11. All That Matters
12. Boom, Like That
13. Speedway at Nazareth
14. Telegraph Road

15. Brothers In Arms
16. Money For Nothing

Encores 2
17. So Far Away

Encores 3
18. The Mist Covered Mountains/Wild Theme


Mark Knopfler (Guitars / Vocals)
Guy Fletcher (Keyboards / Guitars / Vocals)   [ Guy's diary ]
Danny Cummings (Drums)
Glenn Worf (Bass)
Matt Rollings (Piano / Organ / Accordion)
Richard Bennett (Guitars)   [ Richard's diary ]

Who was there ? 6

simon George  
Gareth Stuffins  
Good to see the Welsh Flag on this site and no doubt we will all show our appreciation of the Tour visiting the Principality, tonight.
martin roberts  
My wife and I are always interested to meet other MK fans, if anyone wants to meet up for a beer before or after the show, please drop us an email!
Martina Weselowski  

Reviews 1

simon George  
le 26/05/2005
Just thought others might like to get my take on last nights gig. First off, the tickets said 7.30pm, but ticket times are only a rough guide aren't they? I strolled to the arena by 7.40 expecting to have time to find my seat, etc. or sit through some lame support act, but no, as I walked in to te foyer, I heard the opening chords of "why aye man", and had to wait for several minutes at the back of the hall before being shown to my seat, 11th row, centre stage. Pretty good I thought, apart from the large bloke sitting in front of me and the annoying woman who talked loudly for the entire evening, If you want to talk why pay £30 for a ticket? go to a pub instead, silly woman! The band were all on form, sounding really good, although Mark's voice did sound a little strained at times. He was seated with a cup of tea beside him for the songs 'song for Sonny Liston' through to 'All that matters'. The sound was fantastic, apart from, as I said, Marks voice sounded a little strained and got lost in the mix a little once or twice, and also the end of Speedway at Nazareth, was a little loud, and Mark and Richard seemed to be competing as to who could get the most awful noise out of their guitars. It was interesting to me, as a Knopfler fan of 20 years to hear many of the songs in a more stripped down way, using the 4-6 piece band, especially some of the DS songs had new life which was sucked out of them by the over-bloated mega-group that DS came to be in its final days. Also from a guitar point of view, it was nice to see Mark using a lot of his new signatue Strat, but not exclusively as he used a Les Paul and a couple of Danelectros, along with (of course) the famous National. Thank God that bloody Pensa Suhr has gone, great though it was, it made nearly all of the last Dire Straits songs sound the same. The evening was almost marred by a muppet during 'so far away' , getting on stage and trying to get to MK, but being herded off before he could get close. I did wait a little while at the rear exit for any signs of the band, but gave up after 10-15 minutes since on Guy Fletcher's site, he says they make repid exits to get to the airport. All in all a great night, and we were all on our way home by 10.20. So be careful of that early start if your going to any of his future gigs. Hope this is of use to somebody, Simon