Mark Knopfler will do some Dire Straits in Vancouver tonight

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      Mark Knopfler is one helluva guitar player. Most people figured that out way the funk back in 1978 when Dire Straits released its self-titled debut album and the wicked picking on "Sultans of Swing" became a commercial radio staple.

      Dire Straits put out six studio albums before disbanding in 1995--after which Knopfler focused on movie-soundtrack work and solo albums--but anyone yearning to hear some old Dire Straits classics should beg, borrow, or steal a ticket for tonight's show at the Orpheum.

      According to the trusty website, Knopfler has been playing five Dire Straits tunes on his current tour. SPOILER ALERT: they include "Once Upon a Time in the West" (from 1979's Communiqué album), "Romeo and Juliet" (from 1980's Making Movies), "Your Latest Trick" (from 1985's Brothers in Arms), "On Every Street" (from 1991's On Every Street), and--surprise, surprise--"Money for Nothing" (also from Brothers in Arms).

      Don't ask me why he isn't doing any songs from the Dire Straits debut that made him an instant rock superstar way back when. He could do a lot worse than sneaking "Lions" on there, if you ask me.

      Holy crap do I love that tune.