Mark Knoplfer Recruits 60 Rockstars For Charity Show
Mark Knopfler has recruited 60 rock acts to join him with his new charity single.
The song “Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)” which was initially recorded in 1983 is set to be released on March 15. Among the rockstars featured in the song are Eric Clapton, Steve Cropper, Peter Frampton, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Tony Iommi, Joan Jett, Brian May, Tom Morello, Slash, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Wood, and many more.
The Final Recording of Jeff Beck
The upcoming nine-minute charity track will also feature the final recording of Jeff Beck who passed away in January of 2023. Knopfler said in a press release:
“What I really want to do, more than anything else, is just to thank each and every one for this sterling response.
“I really had no idea that it was going to be like this. It hit [producer] Guy [Fletcher] 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.”
“Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)” is now available for pre-order in CD, vinyl and digital form. The song will help raise funds for the British charity TeenageCancer Trust and its American equivalent Teen Cancer America.