Mark Knopfler has cancelled his European and U.S. tours following a
motorbike accident that left the former Dire Straits frontman with
six broken ribs and a broken collarbone. Knopfler was injured on
March 17th in central London when his vehicle collided with a car.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
"Mark is obviously bitterly disappointed and would like to thank
the fans who have sent him get well messages," a statement on his
Web Site reads. The thirty-date U.S. run was to begin June 26th in
Portsmouth, Virginia, and run through the end of July. The tour was
to support Knopfler's latest solo album, The Ragpicker's
Dream, which was released last fall.
Ticket holders were advised to return their tickets to the
original point of purchase.