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Show #39 : 17/05/2008, Manchester @ MEN Arena  

Venue: MEN Arena  [ Website ]

Address: Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR

Capacity: 19500   [ Seating map ]

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

01. Cannibals
02. Why Aye Man
03. What It Is
04. Sailing to Philadelphia
05. True Love Will Never Fade
06. The Fish and the Bird
07. Hill Farmer's Blues
08. Romeo and Juliet
09. Sultans Of Swing
10. Marbletown
11. Postcards from Paraguay
12. Speedway at Nazareth
13. Telegraph Road

14. Brothers In Arms
15. Our Shangri-La

Encores 2
16. So Far Away
17. Going Home


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

Who was there ? 5

Daniel Brown  
Knopfler time tomorrow!!
Gary Goodson  
Looking forward to this show. First time at the MEN so can
counting down the days to see "THE MAN" again,sounds like he

Reviews 5

Daniel Brown  
le 30/05/2008
2nd time for me!!! There wasnt a bad point in the show!!! 1. Cannibals 2. Why aye Man [ very powerful] 3. What it is [ great solo in the middle] 4. Sailing To Philadelphia 5. True Love Will Never Fade [ great piano intro] 6.The Fish And The Bird 7. Hill Farmer's Blues [ so cool haha] 8. Romeo And Juliet [ classic Dire Straits] 9. Sultans Of Swing [ WOW!! all i can say lol] 10. Marbletown 11. Postcards From Paraguay 12. Speedway At Nazareth [ very powerful so good] 13. Telegraph Road [ played like on the on every street tour very very very good :D] encores 14. Brothers In Arms [no long intro very moving crowd singing along!] 15. Our Shangri-la [ beatiful song] 16. So Far Away 17 Local Hero I think thats the right order haha i did miss Money for Nothing maybe next time!!
le 20/05/2008
Ab Fab. The whole band were really on form. Mark's guitar playing was as brilliant as ever. In fact he just seems to get better and better. Speedway? WOW!!! Best (and loudest) version I have ever heard. Thanks to Andrew, Sue and the girls for arranging the tickets.
Gary Goodson  
le 19/05/2008
This was a fantastic show with many memorable moments. Mark was on fire tonight and boy did he treat everyone. Disappointed there was only two songs from the new album but the songs he did play were great. Great to hear Hill Farmers Blues live and Marbletown was excellent, it went on for ever. MK did get annoyed a couple of times at fans recording the show. They did say before the show started that recording was not allowed and during Sultans and What it is he waved his finger and someone as to say stop recording. Only down part for me was when introducing John McCusker, someone shouted 'he's rubbish Mark' Dont think they heard him with their ear pieces in but he certainly wasn't rubbish, the opposite infact. Same setlist as previous nights, was hoping for a surprise but not to worry. Best song of the night, couldn't decide between Sailing to Philadelphia (my favourite DS/MK song) and Speedway at Narareth. Two totally different songs but both were amazing.
le 19/05/2008
what a fantastic concert.mark was out of this world,the guitar magic that he treated us to was awesome and more!Romeo & Juliet,Sultans of Swing,Telegraph Road,Brothers In Arms,The list of timeless masterpieces just went on and on,every member of the band was magnificent and the whole arena was just blown away by the class of The Legend himself.fantastic atmosphere,brlliant music,a truly memorable concert,let's have more,greedy i know, but i just can't get enough of the man,both he and his music have been in my life for 27 years and long may it continue
le 18/05/2008
What a great show. We really enjoyed it and it seemed like the band did too. Great venue, much better than NEC (which is nearer to me, but sound is bad (i think)). Great reworks of DS classics. Favourite -"Telegraph Road" - At first was concerned that MK had given over some of the song where he would normally be putting in his first solos of that song, to other, but the effect was great. More than made up for by MK's fantastic ending solo. Would love him to do "Tunnel of Love" - long time since he's done this live. MK concert would not be the same without "Romeo & Juliet"... are you getting the feeling that Making Movies is near the top of favourite albumn list? Again as mentioned before, would like to have had some more new stuff from KTGC, but you can't have it all. Didn't like the way security stopped us going up to the stage after Telegraph road and told us to go back to our seats, then to left everyone up 2 minutes later. Amyway - got a great position mid-stage for the encores. 2 hours of a MASTER guitar player. Roll on next time. Keep going Mark!