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Show #85 : 07/07/2005, London, ON @ John Labatt Centre  

Venue: John Labatt Centre  [ Website ]

Capacity: 10000

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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. Rudiger
10. Boom, Like That
11. Speedway at Nazareth
12. Telegraph Road

13. Brothers In Arms
14. Money For Nothing

15. So Far Away
16. 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 ? 3

Dan Lapierre  
Jerry Richard  
Peter Higham  

Reviews 3

Dan Lapierre  
le 10/08/2005
On to London Canada: Jackie Greene opened the show again but to a much smaller crowd (2,000). They had the arena set up like a small theatre. Poor ticket sales in this town apparently. The floor crowd was a bit noisy for the size which was a good thing but the feeling from the stage was rather subdued for the most part. Considering I was the first customer to buy tickets to this show and had front row dead centre seats 1, 2 & 3, sitting directly in front of MK at 3 metres from the stage with my wife and 11 year old nephew (his first ever concert), it would have been difficult not to enjoy the show from there. But yet, there was a very solemn feeling coming from the band (understandably with all that went on that morning with the UK bombings). It was hard not to notice the difference after being at the Toronto show. The bonus for me and what made it all good was the fact that I spent most of the show standing at the stage half a metre from MK watching and feeling his every expression. Took some amazing photos (over 100), man can that Danny sweat! Mark's guitar tech' gave my nephew a pic, you can't imagine the thrill that gave him. Also, I forgot my cap which I needed to clip my microphone onto so I bought a Tour cap for 30. $ Cdn. which I later gave my nephew after the show. I hope we have inspired him to practice his keyboards more. I have a beautiful Shangri-la mug plus a nice T-shirt and my wife picked up an overpriced key chain, lol. Considering we were literally centimetres in front of monitors, my MD recorder was set to auto record levelling and did a great job of not distorting (what I should have done in Toronto). In fact, the sound was amazing and although the volume goes up and down noticeably in a few spots, we should be able to fix that in mastering. Now, as for the quality of the performance, I must add that the band was not quite as tight and in fact just didn't really seem all there with us. Physically they were there yes, but one could tell their hearts were with there loved ones back home and I could not blame them for that. Everyone looked noticeably saddened and as much as I hate to disclose this, MK even hit a wrong note off-key during the final solo of WAM; you should have seen his expression. He was a little disgusted with himself I think for letting that happen especially in the first song of the show and it seemed to throw him off a little. Vocals were not the best I've heard to date either, there was considerable more mumbling and a lot less feeling to the words. They seemed to be playing on auto-pilot. They were obviously much more tired this night, yet, as I said earlier, being this close it was impossible not to be totally mesmerized by the man on stage. Much to our appreciation, they finished the show with MCM and Going Home. Sadly, no Shangri-la and our hearts were left hanging a little, just a little. I think that will be the title to the next song I write, "No Shangri-la" !! lol j/k London set list: WAM, WOL, W-it-is, STP, R & J, SoS, DwB, SfS, Rudi, BLT, Speedway, TR, BiA, MfN, SFA, The Mist Covered Mountains and Going Home. Dan Lapierre - Toronto
Jerry Richard  
le 31/07/2005
I expected a wonderful night but I didn't expect to be 4 feet away from Mark's pedals with my elbows on the stage. Thanks to Mark and the band for their continuing policy of fan enjoyment through interaction by allowing fans to come down and stand up close. Wow! That is the way to see one's hero in action. I must admit I felt a little odd standing with the 2 (two) other devout fans up front until near the encores when more people got brave. I was so mezmerized by being so close that I almost missed the actual show. The setlist I thought was solid. Plenty of DS hits with solo songs mixed in. Must be tough for the band to chose from such an extensive body of work. Depending on tastes, some like old some like new but I thought it was perfect. Rudiger still sticks in my mind. I loved the "Bonnie, Bonnie Banks" riff that Mark slipped in near the end of What It Is. The only song I regret not hearing was "Summer of Love" which didn't make it onto this side of the pond. The whole band dealt a tight professional show. Mark is so focused, always searching for the perfect riff, perhaps even something not done in rehearsal..and of course he is at liberty to do so. I had Mark's monitor in my left ear and Richard and Guy in my right I could hear every note from every instrument very clearly. From where I was I could see the eye contact between band members as they picked up their cues. Lots of fun to watch. Also being a guitar player and playing all his stuff over the years I was able to see Mark's picking up close. The venue was great for fans especially the ones on the floor, with only a couple of hundred chairs in front of the upper seats. My only disappointment was with the crowd who seemed quiet to me until later on in the show. You could literally hear a pin drop during some portions of the show and I felt sometimes that I shouldn't make any noise, which made the show unique. I hope the band, who like the crowds loud, appreciated us also. We took a limo and had our own "vitamin G's" on the way. A perfect evening and a perfect show.
Peter Higham  
le 09/07/2005
AWESOME, Simply AWESOME: Mark was Great as was the rest of the band. The London crowd were a little passive at first bt a spirited rendition of Sultans of Swing soon got them dancing. By the time that he played Money for Nothing there were people dancing in every aisle. My favorite songs from the set were Sultans of Swing, Brothers in Arms, Speedway at Nazareth, Telegraph road and Boom Like That. The band who were honestly thrilled with the turnout came back for two encores and pushed the total set time to just under 2 hours with 5 standing ovations Set List: Why aye Man Walk of Life What it Is Sailing to Philadelphia Romeo and Juliet Sultans of Swing Done with Bonaparte Song for Sonny Liston Rutiger Boom, Like That Apeedway at Nazareth Telegraph Road Brother's in Arms Money for Nothing So far Away Mist Covered Mountains Theme from Local Hero Thanks Mark and the bsnd for a memorable evening. I look forwad to seeing you all again after the release of Mark's next cd!!!