Mark Knopfler To Release Charity Single Featuring Huge Lineup Of Guitar Legends

Dire StraitsMark Knopfler is set to drop a new charity single featuring a huge lineup of guitar legends.

Knopfler has tapped over 60 artists, including Bruce Springsteen, David Gilmour, Slash, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Sting, Brian May, Joan Jett, Nile Rogers, and Brian May, for a new version of his 1983 instrumental “Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero.”

The song drops on March 15. It’s the final recording Jeff Beck created before his death in January 2023. All proceeds from the release will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

The song was produced by former Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher.

The song also features contributions from Joan Armatrading, Richard Bennett, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Brown, James Burton, Jonathan Cain, Paul Carrack, Ry Cooder, Jim Cox, Steve Cropper, Sheryl Crow, Danny Cummings, Duane Eddy, Sam Fender, Peter Frampton, Audley Freed, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Keiji Haino, John Jorgenson, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Greg Leisz, Alex Lifeson, Steve Lukather, Phil Manzanera, Dave Mason, Hank Marvin, Robbie McIntosh, John McLaughlin, Tom Morello, Rick Neilsen, Orianthi, Brad Paisley, Mike Rutherford, Joe Satriani, John Sebastian, Connor Selby, Slash, Andy Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Ian Thomas, Keith Urban, Steve Vai, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Louis Walker, Joe Walsh, Glenn Worf, and Zucchero.

Most of the artists are playing guitar, although Ringo Starr and his son, Who drummer Zack Starkey, are on drums. Sting plays bass. Roger Daltrey is on harmonica.

“Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero,” which originally appeared in the 1983 Burt Lancaster film Local Hero, was Knopfler’s first solo single.

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