Dire Straits/ Mark Knopfler live pictures and videos

The Dire Straits Rock Pop in Concert TV show in Dortmund 1980

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The Dire Straits concert from the German Rock Pop in Concert TV show in December 1980 was indeed a very special concert for me. The reason is simple: it was the first concert of my life. I was 15 then and had been a Dire Straits fan for one and a half year. Dire Straits were still a new band at this time, but were already big. Their first two albums had both been mega-sellers here in Germany, and they had just released their third album Making Movies. Dortmund – a city at the eastern edge of the Ruhrgebiet,  one of Europe’s biggest urban areas – was my hometown, so it was no question for me to see this concert as soon as I heard […]

Dire Straits/ Mark Knopfler live pictures and videos

Early Dire Straits picture

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I recently found this picture showing Dire Straits on one of their probably earliest gigs – I guess 1977 or early 1978 at the latest. Not the earliest picture, but I think a nice one which I at least  haven’t seen before. It is only b/w, but  Mark’s ’61  Stratocaster should still have the bare-wood finish it had when he got it. I am almost sure that it got the later red paint at the same time when his brother David’s Strat got its black finish – here also with a wood finish (right). Unfortunately we cannot see which amp Mark is playing – the Fender amp on the right seems to belong to David (although he theoretically can also play some other amp outside […]

Guitars

Limited Alchemy Edition of the white Schecter pickguard

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The family of the loaded Schecter-style pickguard – currently available in white aluminium and brass with tapped F500T-style pick-ups – got a new member: A pickguard with a pick-up configuration just like in Mark Knopfler’s red Schecter Strat in the early 80ies – thus the name Alchemy Edition. For now it is a really limited edition of just a few – so if  this is what you always wanted better don’t wait too long ( I try but at the moment I cannot promise if I can make these availabe in the future again). The pick-ups are three Seymour Duncan SSL1 with white caps just like on Knopfler’s red Dream Machine (that’s the name for those Schecter Strats), everything else is as in the normal […]