Local Hero

Global Music Stars Re-record ‘Local Hero’ To Raise Funds For Charity

St. James’ Park is gearing up to host the world-exclusive first play of a special re-release of the iconic ‘Going Home (Local Hero)’ by Mark Knopfler and an extraordinary ensemble of legendary musicians.

After forty-one years since its original release in 1983, ‘Local Hero’, renowned for being the anthem of match days on Tyneside, has been reimagined by Dire Straits legend, Mark Knopfler and over 60 legendary musicians.

Who’s Involved?

To bring this brand-new rendition to life, Knopfler has brought in some of the best from the industry including Geordie royalty Sting and Sam Fender, as well as the likes of Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pete Townshend, and Ronnie Wood, who have all made their mark on the new version of the iconic track.

Credit: Sir Peter Blake

What’s It In Aid Of?

The re-recording is aimed at supporting and raising vital funds in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. The new version will debut exclusively as Newcastle United faces off against Wolves at St. James’ Park on Saturday, 2 March. Knopfler and his guests will be pitchside to discuss the re-making of this iconic track.

Expressing his gratitude ahead of the release, Knopfler said: “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 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.”

What The NUFC Players Have To Say

Newcastle United defender and lifelong Magpies fan Dan Burn added: “‘Local Hero’ has been a song that I’ve listened to all my life and means so much to me on so many levels, whether as a fan or player.

“When I was young my dad used to play ‘Local Hero’ at breakfast and it instantly made me think of St. James’ Park and the excitement of going to games. Whenever I hear the song it has so many memories, from seeing huge wins and European nights under Sir Bobby Robson to now, being able to walk out to the iconic anthem is a ‘pinch me’ moment every time. I know what this song means to people in the region and everybody will be buzzing to hear the version.”

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The History Of ‘Local Hero’

In 1983, the release of the film ‘Local Hero’ marked Knopfler’s debut as a film composer, and it received critical acclaim, earning him a BAFTA nomination.

Since the early 1990s, ‘Local Hero’ has resonated as the anthem of the Geordies, welcoming the Newcastle United team onto the St. James’ Park pitch.

The new recording sessions primarily took place at British Grove Studios in West London.

How To Listen To The New ‘Local Hero’

Fans can obtain the re-released track in various formats, including physical copies such as CD and 12″ vinyl with an etched B-side, as well as a deluxe CD+BluRay edition featuring sleeve notes by Paul Sexton. Digital formats, including a Dolby Atmos mix, are also available for purchase, with proceeds directed towards the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

For more information on the charity’s work and how to donate, visit teenagecancertrust.org.