Pictures from Dire Straits gig – Hamburg, October 28, 1978

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I recently wrote various blog posts about ‘new’ pictures from some early Dire Straits gigs (e.g. here or here). Normally it happens only rarely that such new pictures appear – we are talking about a period more than 40 years ago, a time before digital cameras existed –  but these days again someone pointed me towards another set of nine pictures on Flickr, this time from the gig in Hamburg, Musikhalle, October 28, 1978. The photographer is Heinrich Klaffs.

Years ago I already wrote a blog post about a set of pictures from this early Dire Straits gig, in fact the first gig they did in Germany at all. However, with the help of these new pictures I must correct myself and state now that the pictures in that other blog post seem rather to be from the gig on the next day, October 29, in Berlin (in fact the photographer credtited on one of those pictures –  (Jim) Rakete – is associated with Berlin). Back then I also wrote a few words on that black Music Man guitar strap and I assumed that Mark got this strap in Hamburg (Europe’s Music Man distributor , No. 1 Music, was located in Hamburg) and used it from the Hamburg gig on. Now I still think that he got it on that day in Hamburg but did not use it before the next day. So again, all pictures with the thin brown guitar strap should be from a gig before October 29, 1978, all the ones with the wider black Music Man strap are from later gigs in 1978 or 1979.

Now, here are the nine pictures:

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Here is a sound clip from that gig. The full concert is available on a bootleg recording, which unfortunately is in poor sound quality. It also runs way too fast so I corrected the speed of this clip. They already played some of the Communique songs on that gig (they recorded Communique about two months later). Mark’s was on a top-notch concentration level once again and the recording captures some of the magic of their sound back then.

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Videos from a trip to Mark Knopfler’s sunburst Schecter Strat

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Here are some videos with the Mark Knopfler Schecter Dream Machine Strat SN 8001, the guitar I had the chance to play a few weeks ago (see A trip to Mark Knopfler’s sunburst Schecter Strat ).

The amp was a Tone King, not the Imperial but a Metropolitan combo, no effects except reverb from the amp. The strings were 09-42.
In the following three videos I played some distorted sounds  and some clean stuff that should give a good impression of what the guitar sounds like plugged directly into a tube amp.

A : distorted – various licks

Note that some riffs were played with the tone control slightly rolled off.

B : distorted – Money for Nothing

Of course this guitar was never used for Money for Nothing but the overdriven tone from the amp just seemed right to me to play some riffs from this song.

C : clean – various licks

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