Tour line-up:

Mark Knopfler

Guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher

Keyboards, vocals

Richard Bennett


Glenn Worf

Bass, vocals

Chad Cromwell


Danny Cummings

Matt Rollings

Keyboards, accordion


After the recovery of Mark's motorcycle accident, it was time for a new album and Mark wrote new songs for his fourth solo album Shangri-La. Recordings took place at the Shangri-La Studios in Los Angeles in February and March 2004. See a nice picture here at the recording studio. Shangri-La was officially released on 27th September 2004 and after promotional work between September and December 2004, Mark started the big Shangri-La tour in South Africa on 28th February 2005. The band rehearsed for about three weeks, the last week on a soundstage to do lights and get the set together. A small change in the line-up compared to the band from 2001: Geraint Watkins was replaced by Matt Rollings and Mike Henderson left. On 1st April 2005, just after the start of the tour, Chad Cromwell had to leave the band for personal matters. He was replaced by Danny Cummings, former percussionist from the On every street tour. The show in Nashville (13th July 2005) was in aid of the Chet Atkins Music Education Fund. On a couple of tunes that evening, Mark and Richard used two of guitars which belonged to Chet. These came out of the Hall of Fame for the evening.

On 16th June, right after the European leg of the tour, the band did a corporate gig for the Deutsche Bank in London. It was a private show with just 500 people. Guy Fletcher did mention it in his tour diaries back then. Remarkable is that this show was not listed in the official tour itinerary. Guy mentioned at the end of the 2005 tour diary that the band travelled 61.377 miles and played to an audience of 705.687 people.

On this tour, 14 complete audio soundboard recordings were made by Passalong / Crowfly which could be bought as digital downloads on their website. Two of the tracks from New York 2005 appeared as bonus tracks on some of the downloads and three tracks were distributed by Guy Fletcher. Within 24 hours of Knopfler's show, recordings of the event were available. Crowfly Digital Entertainment partnered with technology firm PassAlong Networks to provide the core technology for this revolutionary service.

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Official recordings made during this tour

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Rome (13.06.2005)


Concert Bootleg release Official release
Passalong / Crowfly recordings (14x)

Total concerts played: 105

February 2005

  28.02.2005     Carnival City Johannesburg South Africa

March 2005

  01.03.2005     Carnival City Johannesburg South Africa
  03.03.2005     Media City Dubai United Arab Emirates
  05.03.2005     Bandra Kurla Complex Mumbai India
  07.03.2005     Palace Grounds Bangalore India
  10.03.2005     Burswood Dome Perth Australia
  12.03.2005     Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Australia
  13.03.2005     Entertainment Centre Adelaide Australia
  15.03.2005     Enmore Theatre Sydney Australia
  16.03.2005     Entertainment Centre Sydney Australia
  17.03.2005     Entertainment Centre Brisbane Australia
  19.03.2005     Bowl of Brooklands New Plymouth New Zealand
  21.03.2005     Westpac Center Christchurch New Zealand

April 2005

  01.04.2005     Atlantic Pavillion Lisboa Portugal
  02.04.2005     Palacio de los Deportes Madrid Spain
  03.04.2005     Pabellon Principe Felipe Zaragoza Spain
  04.04.2005     La Patinoire Bordeaux France
  05.04.2005     Halle Tony Garnier Lyon France
  06.04.2005     Le Dome Marseille France
  07.04.2005     Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona Spain
  09.04.2005     St Jakobshalle Basel Switzerland
  10.04.2005     Schleyerhalle Stuttgart Germany
  11.04.2005     Olympiahalle Munich Germany
  12.04.2005     Stadthalle Vienna Austria
  14.04.2005     Preussag Arena Hannover Germany
  15.04.2005     Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam The Netherlands
  16.04.2005     Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam The Netherlands
  17.04.2005     Ahoy Rotterdam The Netherlands
  18.04.2005     Ahoy Rotterdam The Netherlands
  19.04.2005     Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy Paris France
  21.04.2005     Messehalle Erfurt Germany
  22.04.2005     Festhalle Frankfurt Germany
  23.04.2005     Color Line Arena Hamburg Germany
  24.04.2005     Westfalenhalle Dortmund Germany
  25.04.2005     Sports Paleis Antwerpen Belgium
  27.04.2005     State Kremlin Palace Moscow Russia
  28.04.2005     New Ice Arena St Petersburg Russia

May 2005

  03.05.2005     Hala Tivoli Ljubljana Slovenia
  04.05.2005     Papp László Sportaréna Budapest Hungary
  05.05.2005     T-Mobile Arena Prague Czech Republic
  06.05.2005     Spodek Katowice Poland
  07.05.2005     Torwar Warsaw Poland
  08.05.2005     Kipsala Hall Riga Latvia
  09.05.2005     Saku Arena Tallinn Estonia
  10.05.2005     Hartwall Areena Helsinki Finland
  12.05.2005     Globe Arena Stockholm Sweden
  13.05.2005     Spektrum Oslo Norway
  14.05.2005     Haukelandshallen Bergen Norway
  15.05.2005     Scandinavium Gothenburg Sweden
  16.05.2005     Forum Copenhagen Denmark
  17.05.2005     Forum Horsens Denmark
  20.05.2005     The Point Dublin Ireland
  21.05.2005     Odyssey Belfast Ireland
  22.05.2005     Playhouse Edinburgh Scotland
  23.05.2005     City Hall New Castle UK
  24.05.2005     Cardiff International Arena Cardiff Wales
  25.05.2005     Brighton Centre Brighton UK
  26.05.2005     MEN Arena Manchester UK
  30.05.2005     Royal Albert Hall London UK
  31.05.2005     Royal Albert Hall London UK

June 2005

  01.06.2005     Royal Albert Hall London UK
  02.06.2005     Royal Albert Hall London UK
  03.06.2005     Royal Albert Hall London UK
  04.06.2005     NEC Birmingham UK
  05.06.2005     Le Zénith Lille France
  06.06.2005     Kolnarena Cologne Germany
  07.06.2005     Waldbühne Berlin Germany
  08.06.2005     Leipzig Arena Leipzig Germany
  10.06.2005     Fila Forum Milan Italy
  11.06.2005     Villa Pisani Stra Italy
  12.06.2005     Palazzetto dello Sport Florence Italy
  13.06.2005     Palazzetto dello Sport Rome Italy
  14.06.2005     Arena Flegrea Naples Italy
  15.06.2005     Palazzetto dello Sport Reggio di Calabria Italy
  16.06.2005     Old Billingsgate Market London UK (private Deutsche Bank gig)
  24.06.2005     NTELOS Pavillion Portsmouth USA
  25.06.2005     Mann Center Philadelphia USA
  26.06.2005     Wolf Trap Filene Centre Vienna USA
  28.06.2005     Performing Arts Center Newark USA
  29.06.2005     Radio City Music Hall New York USA
  30.06.2005     Pines Theatre Florence USA

July 2005

  01.07.2005     Bank of America Pavilion Boston USA
  02.07.2005     Place des Arts Montreal Canada
  03.07.2005     National Arts Centre Ottawa Canada
  05.07.2005     Molson Amphitheatre Toronto Canada
  07.07.2005     John Labatt Centre London Canada
  08.07.2005     Meadowbrook Amphitheatre Rochester Hills USA
  09.07.2005     Fraze Pavillion Kettering USA
  12.07.2005     Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta USA
  13.07.2005     Ryman Auditorium Nashville USA
  14.07.2005     Murat Theatre Indianapolis USA
  15.07.2005     Auditorium Amphitheatre Chicago USA
  16.07.2005     Milwaukee Theatre Milwaukee USA
  17.07.2005     Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis USA
  19.07.2005     Red Rocks Denver USA
  20.07.2005     Abravanel Hall Salt Lake City USA
  21.07.2005     The Joint Las Vegas USA
  22.07.2005     The Greek Theatre Los Angeles USA
  23.07.2005     The Greek Theatre Berkeley USA
  24.07.2005     Copley Symphony Hall San Diego USA
  27.07.2005     The Mountain Winery Saratoga USA
  28.07.2005     Britt Festivals Amphitheater Jacksonville USA
  29.07.2005     Arlene Schnitzer Hall Portland USA
  30.07.2005     Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Portland USA
  31.07.2005     Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver Canada

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