Tour line-up:

Mark Knopfler

Guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher

Keyboards, vocals

Richard Bennett


Glenn Worf

Bass, vocals

Chad Cromwell


Geraint Watkins

Piano, accordion

Mike Henderson

Guitar, mandolin,
violin, harmonica


Four years after his first solo album, Mark Knopfler released his second solo album Sailing to Philadelphia on 25th September 2000. Between September and December 2000, Mark did a lot of promotion work on radio and TV. In March 2001, the Sailing to Philadelphia world tour started in Mexico. A small change in the line-up compared to the band from 1996, also known as the '96'ers: Jim Cox could not join the band this time due to a painful inner-ear condition which rendered him terra-firma-bound. This meant he couldn't fly to the UK or tour with the rest of the band on the plane. Therefor he was replaced by Geraint Watkins. And Mike Henderson was added to the band for additional guitar, mandolin, violin and harmonica. Several guest players appeared during the tour: James Taylor, William Topley, Sonny Landreth, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Paul Franklin, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

The band did record some of the shows for a possible live release. Recorded shows were
Madrid (also filmed), Bilbao, Glasgow and Newcastle. Guy Fletcher mentioned this in his tour diaries. Sadly, Mark decided not to release it on CD or DVD after all. 

Click here for a picture of Mark Knopfler's guitar gear used during the Sailing to Philadelphia tour.

After the tour, the official MK News site published:
"Thanks to everybody for your fantastic support - I hope you had as good a trip as we did. Everyone did a great job on the tour, band, crew and drivers. Many thanks to all. We’ll see you the next time and see if we can do it all again." Mark Knopfler

Click here for a nice picture of the complete crew from the Sailing to Philadelphia tour.

Advertisement poster for the tour: 


Official recordings made during this tour

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Toronto (03.05.2001)    
San Fransisco (18.05.2001)  
Hamburg (16.06.2001)
Lucca (07.07.2001)

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Madrid (02.07.2001)

Total concerts played: 80

March 2001

  27.03.2001     National Auditorium Mexico City Mexico
  28.03.2001     National Auditorium Mexico City, Mexico
  31.03.2001     Luna Park Buenos Aires Argentina

April 2001

  01.04.2001     Luna Park Buenos Aires Argentina
  02.04.2001     Teatro de Verano Montevideo Uraguay
  04.04.2001     Gigantinho Porto Alegre Brazil
  05.04.2001     ATL Hall Rio de Janerio Brazil
  06.04.2001     Credicard Hall Sao Paulo Brazil
  07.04.2001     Credicard Hall Sao Paulo Brazil
  08.04.2001     Credicard Hall Sao Paulo Brazil
  23.04.2001     Orpheum Boston USA
  24.04.2001     Oakdale Theatre Wallingford USA
  25.04.2001     Constitution Hall Washington USA
  26.04.2001     Tower Theatre Philadelphia USA
  27.04.2001     Tower Theatre Philadelphia USA
  28.04.2001     Performing Arts Centre Newark USA
  29.04.2001     Beacon Theatre New York USA
  30.04.2001     Beacon Theatre New York USA

May 2001

  02.05.2001     Wordperfect Theatre Ottawa Canada
  03.05.2001     Massey Hall Toronto Canada
  04.05.2001     Fox Theatre Detroit USA
  05.05.2001     Rosemont Theatre Chicago USA
  06.05.2001     Riverside Theatre Milwaukee USA
  07.05.2001     Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis USA
  12.05.2001     Red Rocks Ampitheatre Denver USA
  14.05.2001     Benaroya Hall Seattle USA
  15.05.2001     Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver Canada
  16.05.2001     Arlene Schnitzer Portland USA
  17.05.2001     Berkeley Community Centre San Francisco USA
  18.05.2001     Berkeley Community Centre San Francisco USA
  19.05.2001     The Joint Las Vegas USA
  20.05.2001     The Greek Theatre Los Angeles USA
  21.05.2001     Copley Symphony Hall San Diego USA
  23.05.2001     Bronco Bowl Dallas USA
  24.05.2001     Saenger Theatre New Orleans USA
  25.05.2001     Alabama Theatre, Birmingham USA
  26.05.2001     Chastain Park, Atlanta USA
  27.05.2001     Ryman Auditorium Nashville USA

June 2001

  03.06.2001     Royal Albert Hall London UK
  04.06.2001     Royal Albert Hall London UK
  05.06.2001     Royal Albert Hall London UK
  07.06.2001     Festhalle Frankfurt Germany
  08.06.2001     Schleyerhalle Stuttgart Germany
  09.06.2001     Stadthalle Vienna Austria
  10.06.2001     Sala Kongresowa Warsaw Poland
  11.06.2001     ICC Berlin Germany
  13.06.2001     Olympiahalle Munich Germany
  14.06.2001     Messehalle Erfurt Germany
  15.06.2001     Arena Oberhausen Germany
  16.06.2001     Stadtpark Hamburg Germany
  17.06.2001     Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam The Netherlands
  18.06.2001     Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam The Netherlands
  19.06.2001     Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam The Netherlands
  23.06.2001     Forest National Brussels Belgium
  24.06.2001     Forest National Brussels Belgium
  25.06.2001     Zenith Paris France
  26.06.2001     Zenith Paris France
  27.06.2001     Tony Garnier Hall Lyon France
  28.06.2001     Antigue Arena Nimes France
  29.06.2001     Pavello Olimpic Badalona (Barcelona) Spain

July 2001

  01.07.2001     Atlantico Lisbon Portugal
  02.07.2001     Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas Madrid Spain
  03.07.2001     Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre Bilbao Spain
  05.07.2001     Hallenstadion Zurich Switserland
  06.07.2001     Piazza Duomo Brescia Italy
  07.07.2001     Piazza San Martino Lucca Italy
  08.07.2001     Centralino del Foro Italico Rome Italy
  09.07.2001     Castello Udine Italy
  17.07.2001     NEC Birmingham UK
  18.07.2001     Brighton Centre Brighton UK
  19.07.2001     MEN Arena Manchester UK
  20.07.2001     Clyde Auditorium Glasgow UK
  21.07.2001     City Hall Newcastle UK
  23.07.2001     Koln Arena Cologne Germany
  25.07.2001     Forum Copenhagen Denmark
  26.07.2001     Spektrum Oslo Norway
  27.07.2001     Globe Theatre Stockholm Sweden
  29.07.2001     Hartwall Arena Helsinki Finland
  30.07.2001     Octyabrsky Concert Centre St Petersburg Russia
  31.07.2001     Olympisky Arena Moscow Russia

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