Great day we had yesterday (a blog post coming later tonight), and the Oakland concert is just a couple of hours away.
Just thought I’d post my thoughts about recording the concerts. “Why don’t you record the concerts” is the most frequently asked question I am asked (through private emails), after the obvious ones of:
- Are you insane? (Jury’s still out on that one)
- Are you touring with the roadies? (No)
- Are you touring with the band itself? (No)
- Are you paid for this? (No)
- What do you do for living? (…)
- How much money do you have? (…)
So… no, I don’t record any show, never have and probably never will. The reason is that it’s just not something I’m interested in doing. Same as sky‐diving; yeah, most people tell me it’s fun, and it’s legal, still I will (most likely) never do it because I’m genuinely not interested in doing it. Not my thing, really. I would spend any free minute I have playing my guitars & piano, composing & recording music… sky‐diving isn’t interesting me at all.
If you wish to get audio recordings of the shows, there literally are dozens of Mark Knopfler fan sites that would offer links to such recordings. As I am not familiar with the various fan sites, I am sorry but I cannot direct you to any particular fan site that offers such links; Google, I guess, is your best friend here.
I deeply and genuinely appreciate your support of the journey I am taking, folks—and my apologies if my decision to not record the shows hurts you in any way… still, I am not going to do it. I will give the band (or Mark himself, as he appears to be individual with the final say about subjects like that) the credit for coming up with such recordings to be available for the general audience, if at all.