will launch an eleven-date tour of North America starting April 23rd in Boston. The former Dire Straits
frontman will be supporting his second solo album, Sailing to Philadelphia
, his first album in five years.
Knopfler will be backed by latter-era Straits keyboardist and Notting Hillbilly Guy Fletcher, Nick Lowe sideman Geraint Watkins (also on keys) and a quartet of Nashville session vets: Glenn Worf (bass), Chad Cromwell (drums) and Richard Bennett and Mike Henderson (guitars).
"We've got a lot of multi-instrumentalists, and we can do a lot," Knopfler says of the tour which he says will draw heavily from the new album. "It's just a nice big palette to work with. Of the seven people out on stage, six will be able to play guitar. It'll be good fun."
Mark Knopfler tour dates:
4/23: Boston, Orpheum Theater
4/24, Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theater
4/25: Washington, Constitution Hall
4/27: Philadelphia, Tower Theater
4/28: Newark, NJ, NJ Performing Arts Center
4/29: New York, Beacon Theater
5/2: Ottawa, Wordperfect Theater
5/3: Toronto, Massey Hall
5/4: Detroit, Fox Theater
5/7: Milwaukee, Riverside Theater
5/15: Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theater
Written by ANDREW DANSBY
for RollingStone.com News