TRACKER TOUR 2015

         


Tour line-up:

Mark Knopfler

Guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher

Keyboards, vocals
Richard Bennett

Guitar
Glenn Worf

Bass, vocals
Ian Thomas

Drums
Jim Cox

Piano, accordion
Mike McGoldrick

Flute, uilleann pipes, whistle
John McCusker

Fiddle, cittern, whistle
Nigel Hitchcock

Saxophone
 
Ruth Moody

Guitar, vocals

 

On 16th September 2014, the first official annoucement was made for the Tracker tour 2015. Rehearsals for the tour started on 27th April 2015. The band rehearsed for nine days and then moved to Elstree Studios, a film soundstage north of London for full production rehearsals on stage with lights and sound. Elstree Studios is home to some of the top shows on British television today. Known as the birthplace of Star Wars, some of the most famous films in the world have been produced at Elstree Studios; the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, Superman, and many more. With a height of 50ft, Elstree's George Lucas stages 1 and 2 are perfect for accommodating a full size stadium tour. These stages are one of the tallest in Europe and benefit from superb supporting facilities ranging from 5 star dressing rooms, wardrobe and make-up facilities to modern production offices and ample car parking. Combined with on site catering, 24/7 security, generous loading in and out areas and just 20 minutes from the heart of London, it's no surprise Elstree Studios is the number one choice amongst tour managers and promoters. Mark and band completed their production rehearsals in the ‘George Lucas Stage’ at Elstree Studios. On 12th May, the band did a full dress rehearsal in the Elstree Studios for the winners of a competition that was held on Amazon and other sites for an audience of about 300 people. John McCusker posted a few photos of the stage.

The tour line-up is the same as 2013,
Nigel Hitchcock and Ruth Moody joined the band from the start of the tour up and until Amsterdam. Nigel rejoined the band in Munich for the rest of the European leg. In the USA, Ruth was present at some of the shows and Nigel was part of the band from Berkeley (18th September) onwards. Nice setlist surprises later in the tour were She's gone / Your latest trick and On every street.

All of the European shows of the tour were recorded again by the German company Bleecker Street Entertainment by professional sound engineers using multi-track audio technology. The audio soundboard recordings could be bought in the on-line shop as a souvenir on unique metal USB concert sticks based on the shape of three different guitars, which Mark actually plays in concert, complete with matching case. If you pre-ordered all three models (regardless of which concert), you received a matching flight case which fits all three guitars. Besides the metal USB sticks, the concerts were also made available as MP3 and FLAC (lossless audio) download. In the USA, various shows were unfortunately not recorded; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ann Arbor, Niagra Falls, Philadelphia and Washington. Guy Fletcher said about that: "That's usually due to venues requiring some kind of exorbitant fee for the privilege."

 

Italian advertisement for the show in Lucca:



 

Official recordings made during this tour

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Lucca (22.07.2015)



Concert Bootleg release Official release
 



      

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Bleecker Street Entertainment recordings (80x)

 


Total concerts played: 87



May 2015


  15.05.2015    3Arena Dublin Ireland
  16.05.2015    Phones 4 You Arena Manchester UK
  17.05.2015    Motorpoint Arena Sheffield UK
  19.05.2015    SSE Hydro Arena Glasgow Scotland
  20.05.2015    Metro Radio Arena Newcastle UK
  22.05.2015    O2 Arena London UK
  23.05.2015    LG Arena Birmingham UK
  25.05.2015    Royal Albert Hall London UK
  26.05.2015    Royal Albert Hall London UK
  28.05.2015    Mediolanum Forum Assago (Milan) Italy
  29.05.2015    Palais Nikaïa Nice France
  31.05.2015    Schloss Salem Germany



June 2015


  01.06.2015    Hallenstadion Zurich Switserland
  02.06.2015    Zenith Paris France
  03.06.2015    Zenith Paris France
  05.06.2015    Sportpaleis Antwerp Belgium
  06.06.2015    Ziggo Dome Amsterdam Holland
  08.06.2015    DNB Arena Stavanger Norway
  09.06.2015    Bergen Calling Festival Plenen Bergen Norway
  10.06.2015    Norwegian Wood Festival Oslo Norway
  12.06.2015    Trondheim Festival Sverresborg Arena Trondheim Norway
  13.06.2015    Botaniska Trädgården Uppsala Sweden
  14.06.2015    Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen Denmark
  16.06.2015    O2 World Hamburg Germany
  17.06.2015    Westfalenhalle Dortmund Germany
  19.06.2015    Zollhafen Nordmole Mainz Germany
  20.06.2015    SAP Arena Mannheim Germany
  21.06.2015    Lanxess Arena Cologne Germany


July 2015

  04.07.2015    Luitpoldpark Bad Kissingen Germany
  05.07.2015    Hans-Martin-Schleyer-Halle Stuttgart Germany
  07.07.2015    TUI Arena Hannover Germany
  08.07.2015    O2 World Berlin Germany
  09.07.2015    Arena Leipzig Leipzig Germany
  11.07.2015    Olympiahalle Munich Germany
  12.07.2015    Castle Clam Klam Austria
  13.07.2015    Arena Krakow Poland
  14.07.2015    Steinbruch St Margarethen Austria
  16.07.2015    Guitar en Scene Festival Stade des Burgondes Saint-Julien-en-Genevois France
  17.07.2015    Sion sous les Etoiles Plaine de Tourbillon Sion Switserland
  18.07.2015    Anfiteatro Camerini Piazzola Sul Brenta (Padova) Italy
  20.07.2015    Collisioni Festival Piazza Colbert Barolo (Cuneo) Italy
  21.07.2015    Auditorium Parco della Musica Cavea Rome Italy
  22.07.2015    Lucca Summer Festival Piazza Napoleone Lucca Italy
  24.07.2015    Pirineos Sur Festival Huesca Lanuza Spain
  25.07.2015    Hoyos del Espino Festival Avila Spain
  26.07.2015    Olympic Stadium of Sevilla Sevilla Spain
  28.07.2015    Cool Jazz Festival Parque dos Poetas Oeiras (Lisbon) Portugal
  29.07.2015    Multiusos Fontes do Sar Santiago Spain
  31.07.2015    Poble Espanyol Barcelona Spain


September 2015

  10.09.2015    Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver Canada
  11.09.2015    Michelle Winery Chateau Ste Woodinville USA                                        
  12.09.2015    Michelle Winery Chateau Ste Woodinville USA
  13.09.2015    Keller Auditorium Portland USA
  15.09.2015    Red Butte Garden Amphitheatrehe Salt Lake City USA
  16.09.2015    The Colosseum Caesar's Palace Las Vegas USA
  18.09.2015    Greek Theatre UC Berkeley Berkeley USA
  19.09.2015    The Dolby Theatre Los Angeles USA
  20.09.2015    Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara USA
  21.09.2015    Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay San Diego USA
  23.09.2015    Red Rocks Ampitheatre Morrison USA                                         
  25.09.2015    Austin City Limits Live At Moody Theater Austin USA
  26.09.2015    Majestic Theatre Dallas USA
  28.09.2015    Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Kansas City USA
  29.09.2015    Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis USA
  30.09.2015    Milwaukee Riverside Theater Milwaukee USA

 
October 2015

  02.10.2015    Chicago Theatre Chicago USA
  03.10.2015    Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Indianapolis USA
  04.10.2015    Michigan Theater Ann Arbor USA
  06.10.2015    Massey Hall Toronto Canada
  07.10.2015    Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre Montreal Canada
  09.10.2015    Orpheum Theatre Boston USA
  10.10.2015    Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino Mashantucket USA
  11.10.2015    The Palace Theater Albany USA
  13.10.2015    Heinz Hall Pittsburgh USA
  14.10.2015    Fallsview Casino Resort Niagra Falls Canada
  16.10.2015    Count Basie Theatre Red Bank USA
  17.10.2015    Academy of Music Philadelphia USA
  18.10.2015    Warner Theatre Washington USA
  20.10.2015    Beacon Theatre New York USA
  21.10.2015    Beacon Theatre New York USA
  22.10.2015    Durham Performing Arts Center Durham USA
  24.10.2015    Chastain Park Ampitheater Atlanta USA                                      
  25.10.2015    Performing Arts Center North Charleston USA
  27.10.2015    Saint Augustine Ampitheatre Saint Augustine USA
  28.10.2015    King Center for the Performing Arts Melbourne USA
  30.10.2015    Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater USA
  31.10.2015    Au Rene Theater at the Broward Center Fort Lauderdale USA


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