SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

May 17, 2005 18:06 ET

"One Take Radio Sessions" First Live Solo U.S. EP From Mark Knopfler; Songs From the CD "Shangri-La" to Be Released June 28

Former Dire Straits Frontman Records Eight Songs Live for Warners Bros. EP

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 17, 2005 -- Coinciding with his return to the U.S. stage and his first concert tour in four years, Mark Knopfler has released his first live solo EP, "One Take Radio Sessions." Recorded in "one take" at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California, this past summer, the former Dire Straits frontman ("Sultans Of Swing" and "Money For Nothing," the song that helped immortalize the phrase "I Want My MTV") sat down with his band and recorded seven tracks from his current CD, "Shangri-La." Also included on the exceptional "One Take Radio Sessions" is "Rudiger" from Mark's first solo album, "Golden Heart."

The specially priced EP, set for release by Warner Bros. Records on June 28, 2005, will allow fans to hear live versions of "The Trawlerman's Song," "Back To Tupelo," "Song For Sonny Liston," "Boom, Like That," "Everybody Pays," "Donegan's Gone," and "Stand Up Guy," all from the "Shangri-La" CD. In addition, Mark and his band perform the song titled "Rudiger," first released in 1996.

Original versions of all songs (except "Rudiger") are on the Mark Knopfler album, "Shangri-La," which is currently available in a deluxe edition that includes both the CD and a DVD featuring behind the scenes interviews and performances of four songs including the previously unreleased track, "Summer Of Love."

The band that accompanies Mark Knopfler (vocals and guitars) on "One Take Radio Sessions" features Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox and Matt Rollings (keyboards), Glenn Worf (bass) and Chad Cromwell (drums). In addition, Doug Pettibone plays electric guitar on "Back To Tupelo" and "Boom, Like That" and mandolin on "Stand Up Guy." The recording was engineered and mixed by Chuck Ainlay.

Mark Knopfler's worldwide "Shangri-La" concert tour hits the United States at the time of the release of the EP (U.S. itinerary below):

Tour Itinerary:
June 24         Portsmouth, VA         NTELOS Pavilion Harbor Center
June 25         Philadelphia, PA       Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 26         Vienna, VA             The Filene Center
June 28         Newark, NJ             New Jersey Performing Arts Center
June 29         New York, NY           Radio City Music Hall
June 30         Florence, MA           Pines Theatre


July 1          Boston, MA             Fleet Boston Pavilion
July 2          Montreal, QC           Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/
                                        Place des Arts
July 3          Ottawa, ON             National Arts Centre
July 5          Toronto, ON            Molson Amphitheatre
July 7          London, ON             John Labatt Centre
July 8          Rochester Hills, MI    MeadowBrook Amphitheater
July 9          Kettering, OH          Fraze Pavilion at Lincoln Park
Center
July 12         Atlanta, GA            Chastain Park Amphitheater
July 13         Nashville, TN          Ryman Auditorium
July 14         Indianapolis, IN       Murat Theatre
July 15         Chicago, IL            Auditorium Theatre
July 16         Milwaukee, WI          Milwaukee Theater
July 17         Minneapolis, MN        Orpheum Theatre

All dates below with special guest William Topley
July 19         Morrison, CO           Red Rocks Amphitheater
July 20         Salt Lake City, UT     Abravanel Hall
July 21         Las Vegas, NV          The Joint
July 22         Los Angeles, CA        Greek Theatre
July 23         Berkeley, CA           Greek Theatre - Berkeley
July 24         San Diego, CA          Copley Symphony Hall
July 27         Saratoga, CA           The Mountain Winery
July 28         Jacksonville, OR       Britt Pavilion

SOLD OUT:
July 29         Portland, OR           Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 30         Woodinville, WA        Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
July 31         Vancouver, BC          Queen Elizabeth Theatre
For information online visit: www.wbr.com or www.mark-knopfler-news.co.uk

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