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Knopfler To Use New Ticketing Incentives For U.S. Tour

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Mark Knopfler will tour the United States in support of his most recent CD, "Shangri-La" (Warner Bros.), recorded at Shangri-La, a '60s vintage studio in Malibu. For the first time in his career, concert tickets will be available through Mark Knopfler's web site, The goal is to provide fans with early access to a limited number of good seats at lower prices. In addition, in six cities one free "Shangri-La" CD will accompany the purchase of each pair of tickets.

"Shangri-La" 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 North American summer tour features many of the same musicians with whom he has worked since 1996: Richard Bennett (guitar), Guy Fletcher and Matt Rollings (organ and piano), Glenn Worf (bass) and Chad Cromwell (drums).

William Topley will appear as special guest on part of the tour, opening for Knopfler starting on July 19. Knopfler plays guitar on the title track to Topley's debut Warner Bros. CD "Sea Fever," scheduled for release on June 21st. Topley was leader of the British group The Blessing with whom he recorded two '90s albums. He later released four solo CDs in the U.S., earning a dedicated following for his distinguished voice and unique musical style that combines influences ranging from Cuban and reggae to soul and country.

Mark Knopler itinerary:

June 24 Portsmouth, VA NTELOS Pavilion Harbor Center

June 25 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing

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**

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

July 29 Portland, OR Schnitzer Concert Hall**

July 30 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery**

July 31 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

*each pair of VIP tickets purchased will receive one CD

**each pair of tickets purchased will receive one CD

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen