Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler’s ‘Local Hero’ Charity Single Out Now

The much anticipated re-release of the iconic ‘Going Home (Local Hero)’ by Mark Knopfler is out now…

Since its announcement in February of this year, there has been much anticipation surrounding the re-release of ‘Going Home (Local Hero)’ by Mark Knopfler and a sensational ensemble of legendary musicians.

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

About the charity single

The purpose of the re-recording is to support and raise crucial funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

To breathe new life into this rendition, Knopfler has enlisted some of the industry’s finest, including the likes of Sting and Sam Fender, along with iconic music legends such as Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pete Townshend, and Ronnie Wood, all of whom have left their mark on this iconic track’s new version.

Mark Knopfler Guitar Heroes fundraiser

Earlier this month, the Luxe team was fortunate to join the distinguished figures of the North East who gathered at St. James’ Park for the Mark Knopfler Guitar Heroes fundraiser – a remarkable event held in the esteemed Heroes Suite in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Attendees were treat to a delightful range of canapés while engaging in a Q&A session with the iconic Mark Knopfler, hosted by NUFC legend Alan Shearer.

Mark Knopfler and Alan Shearer
Photo Credit: Terry Blackburn

The evening was a resounding success, raising a significant amount of money for the charity through a silent auction offering exclusive items for bidding, alongside a live auction. A special highlight of the night was the eagerly awaited debut of the new charity single, marking a momentous occasion in the fight against teenage cancer.

A word from Mark Knopfler

“For me, it’s a full circle moment because Dire Straits funded the very first… I shouldn’t take credit for anything… But we did finance the first teenage cancer unit at the Middlesex Hospital Trust. Later, it moved to University College, where it remains today. It has thrived, largely due to the efforts of other people, nothing to do with me. However, I’ve remained a patron. And now, here we are, the circle has come around. It’s wonderful. I love those moments when the past catches up with you and reminds you, ‘here we are,’ 34 years later. It’s truly remarkable,” says Mark Knopfler when asked about his involvement with Teenage Cancer Trust.

Mark Knopfler Guitar Heroes
Photo Credit: Terry Blackburn

“The idea for the Teenage Cancer record came from DJ Mike Reid who indicated to Guy that, you know, we could do a re-recording of the song with a couple of guests. Pete Townshend arrived with his guitar, played a chord on the Local Hero theme, and it sounded amazing. Eric Clapton and Dave Gilmour also contributed beautiful licks. Jeff Beck sent something remotely. With about 17 people involved, I asked Guy how long it could get, jokingly suggesting more verses and bridges. Guy, being a brilliant editor, managed to piece it together despite various challenges. Eventually, we had two versions: one extended, and one shorter for regular listening,” he adds.

Chatting with Mark Knopfler is inspiring to say the least. Every word that leaves his mouth is captivating. His journey is one we’re fascinated by and we will have the privilege of sharing it with you in our upcoming May/June issue of Luxe Magazine.

How to listen to the new ‘Local Hero’

Music lovers 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.

The charity single is out now and is available to buy here.