Mark Knopfler to release special recording of ‘Going Home’ for charity

Image above: Artwork released for the ‘unprecedented’ track

Recorded at British Grove Studios in Chiswick

Mark Knopfler, the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of ’70s rock band Dire Straits, has announced the release of a special recording of his iconic track Going Home (theme From the 1983 film Local Hero), to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and its American counterpart, Teen Cancer America.

The track, scheduled for release on Friday 15 March 2024, and featuring an impressive lineup of over 60 ‘guitar legends’, has been recorded at British Grove Studios in Chiswick.

The project, titled Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes, boasts an ‘unprecedented’ gathering of some of the greatest guitarists in history. Produced by Knopfler’s longtime collaborator Guy Fletcher, the track will feature contributions from luminaries such as Slash, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and many more.

With artwork by Sir Peter Blake, best known for his album cover  for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the release promises to be a landmark moment in rock music history.

Recorded at British Grove Studios inChiswick, the collaboration saw legendary musicians coming together to support the charitable cause.

Mark Knopfler

“What I really want to do, more than anything else, is just to thank each and every one for this sterling response,” said Mark, “I really had no idea that 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.”

Since Local Hero became such a success, Dire Straits fans were added to the millions charmed by the sweet tale of an American oil executive who turns up in a sleey Scottish village to do a deal to turn it into an oil refinery, only to fall in love with the place.

Mark Knopfler has often performed an arrangement of Going Home as an encore at concerts.

In addition to the music release, Mark has auctioned off items from his personal collection, including a Gibson Les Paul ‘Gold Top’ Standard signed by project contributors, fetching over £403,000 at Christie’s.

One of the guitars earmarked for Teenage Cancer Trust will be auctioned off at a private donor event in Newcastle, coinciding with a Newcastle United match where a portion of the song will be played for fans.

Neofidelity Recordings sold an Ionic Original Disc of the master recording, making a six-figure donation to the charity. The release will be available in various formats, including CD, vinyl, and digital, with proceeds supporting the vital work of Teenage Cancer Trust.