Mark Knopfler Gathers 60 Guitar Heroes for ‘Going Home‘ Charity Single
Mark Knopfler‘s Charity Single Features Legendary Names
In an incredible display of musical unity and generosity, Mark Knopfler and 60 of the world’s most renowned guitar legends have come together to record a charity single entitled ‘Going Home‘. Entire proceeds from the single will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America, two organizations dedicated to supporting young people facing cancer.
An All-Star Lineup for a Good Cause
The lineup of musicians involved in this project is nothing short of astounding. The list includes icons like Bruce Springsteen, Slash, Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood, Sting, Brian May, Joan Jett, and David Gilmour. The song also features the late Jeff Beck, in what is his final recording before his passing in January 2023.
A Collective Effort of Legendary Talent
The re-recorded version of Knopfler‘s meditative 1983 instrumental, ‘Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero,’ showcases the immense talent of each participant. The song is helmed by former Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher, and features contributions from Sheryl Crow, Joan Armatrading, Journey‘s Jonathan Cain, Tom Morello, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.
Mark Knopfler‘s Reflections
Knopfler shared his thoughts on the collaboration: “I really had no idea it was going to be like this. It hit Guy and I quite early on that we had to extend this piece somehow, to take in the number of people who joined in. Before I knew where I was, Pete Townshend had come into my studio armed with a guitar and an amp. And that first Pete power chord…man, I tell you — we were in that territory, and it was just fantastic. And it went on from there. Eric [Clapton] came in, played great, just one tasty lick after another. Then Jeff Beck‘s contribution arrived and that was spellbinding. I think what we’ve had is an embarrassment of riches, really. The whole thing was a high point.”
A Song with a History
The original ‘Local Hero‘, released in 1983, was Knopfler‘s first solo single, and played a pivotal role in the soundtrack of the Scottish dramedy of the same name. The song has since become a staple of Knopfler‘s live performances and is played before every Newcastle United F.C. soccer game.
Listen to a Preview of ‘Going Home‘
A brief preview of the song, along with a full list of the participating artists, is available below. Music aficionados can pre-order the single in various formats, including CD, vinyl, and digital download, or stream it on popular platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
In conclusion, the ‘Going Home‘ charity single stands as a testament to the power of Music in bringing people together for a common cause. With a breathtaking lineup of 60 guitar heroes and Mark Knopfler at the helm, this song promises to be a musical masterpiece that will make a significant impact on the lives of young people facing cancer.