Mark Knopfler Reveals ‘Tracker’ Dates

North American fans will have to wait until autumn to see Mark Knopfler tour in support his new album, “Tracker.”  The former Dire Straits guitarist has locked down a coast-to-coast adventure beginning in September.

It’s nuttin’ but the legendary guitarist and his musical cohorts on this tour, called “An Evening With Mark Knopfler And Band.”

Photo: Paul A. Hebert / Invision / AP
The Wiltern, Los Angeles, Calif.

Knopfler’s autumn tour means North American fans will have months and months to get acquainted with his new album.  Tracker arrives March 17 on Verve Records and will be available on CD, a deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, double vinyl, and a box set that will include the album on CD and vinyl along with a bonus CD containing six extra tracks.  The box set also includes a DVD featuring an exclusive short film directed by Henrick Hansen plus an interview with Knopfler.

Fans who preorder Tracker online will receive an instant download of the single “Beryl.”  Plus, fans buying tickets online will receive a physical copy of Tracker for each pair purchased.

Knopfler says he view touring as the final part of a process that starts with songwriting followed by recording.  But his process might even be a little circular since he often writes new material while on the road.  Knopfler wrote two songs on Tracker – “Lights Of Taormina” and “Silver Eagle” – while he was playing dates in Europe and touring with Bob Dylan in the U.S.

“Part of the fun is thinking what you might have a go at, for a new tour,” Knopfler said.  “For me, that’s part of the joy of it, getting that little crew together again, and setting sail once again.  It’s a real adventure.”

Here’s the plan:

Sept. 10 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept. 11 – Woodinville, Wash., Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sept. 12 – Woodinville, Wash., Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sept. 13 – Portland, Ore., Keller Auditorium
Sept. 16 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
Sept. 18 – Berkeley, Calif., Greek Theatre
Sept. 19 – Hollywood, Calif., Dolby Theatre
Sept. 20 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl
Sept. 21 – San Diego, Calif., Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
Sept. 23 – Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept. 25 – Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Sept. 26 – Dallas, Texas, Majestic Theatre
Sept. 28 – Kansas City, Mo., Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
Sept. 29 – Minneapolis, Minn., The Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 30 – Milwaukee, Wis., Riverside Theatre
Oct. 2 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
Oct. 3 – Indianapolis, Ind., Murat Theatre
Oct. 4 – Ann Arbor, Mich., Michigan Theater
Oct. 6 – Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
Oct. 7 – Montreal, Quebec, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Oct. 9 – Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 10 – Mashantucket, Conn., Grand Theater
Oct. 11 – Albany, N.Y.,  Palace Theatre
Oct. 13 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Heinz Hall For The Performing Arts
Oct. 14 – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
Oct. 16 – Red Bank, N.J., Count Basie Theatre
Oct. 17 – Philadelphia, Pa., Academy Of Music
Oct. 18 – Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
Oct. 20 – New York, N.Y., Beacon Theatre
Oct. 22 – Durham, N.C., DPAC – Durham Performing Arts Center
Oct. 24 – Atlanta, Ga., Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Oct. 25 – North Charleston, S.C., North Charleston Perf. Arts Center
Oct. 27 – Saint Augustine, Fla., St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 28 – Melbourne, Fla., King Center For Performing Arts
Oct. 30 – Clearwater, Fla., Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct. 31 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Broward Ctr. Au-Rene Theater 

Fan club presales begin Jan. 27 and general onsales launch Jan. 30.  Shows in Woodinville, Santa Barbara, Niagara Falls and Atlanta will go on sale on later dates.  Click here for more info.