Went to see Mark Knopfler at the SECC on Friday night and enjoyed it alot. He played less Dire Straits stuff than he had the last time I saw him but that's not a huge surprise. And to be honest given he's been solo for so long now it's probably the way it should be, regardless of how much I'd enjoy a set laden with Straits hits.
The ones he did were the ones he was always still going to have in the set, though I think of the five Brothers In Arms and Romeo And Juliet are the two that sit most comfortably with his current stuff. What helped make the gig was that his supporting cast (several of whom played a few instruments throughout the night and played them all well) were all very good. I suspect to those who still think of Knopfler as the Dire Straits frontman it was strange to see him spend the entire performance sitting down and sharing the stage with flutes, accordians and fiddles (as well as the obvious drums, bass and keyboards) but that's what a lot of his stuff's about now.
It's probably a result of so many of his songs stretching out in live versions (as well as having to factor in some Straits stuff as he knows some people mostly go for those) but I do feel there's some aspects of his solo career that he sorely neglects. Most notably his first solo album, Golden Heart, but there's stuff on all the others that he never seems to touch. I don't know whether it's because he's trying to fit in Dire Straits and stuff from whichever album the tour is promoting whilst wanting to freestyle a little over some of them but he could do with trimming some of the songs back a little and covering more of a range of his post-Straits songs.
Very much enjoyed though, and I'll likely look into going to see him on his next tour.