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Rockin' Strait to the heart; LIVE.

Byline: STEW MCDOUGALL

MARK KNOPFLER

Royal Albert Hall, London

THE former Dire Straits front man has grouped together an amazing line-up of musicians for his current tour, which is in support of his latest album, Privateering.

Each talented player complements the man's inimitable flowing guitar style. But John McCusker on fiddle, who has played with everyone from Paul Weller to Patti Smith, was truly outstanding.

Playing songs spanning his whole career, Knopfler was fresh, vibrant, compulsive and deeply impressive.

Sultans of Swing, his very first single with Dire Straits back in 1978, brought rapturous applause and the epic Telegraph Road - not far short of 15 minutes long - is as good a storming show finale as you're ever likely to hear.

The two hours flew by and one of rock's true innovators proved he's still where he belongs - right at the top of his game.

STEW MCDOUGALL

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2013
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