Knopfler cancels tour after crash

Singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler has been forced to cancel his European tour following a motorbike accident.

Singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler has been forced to cancel his European tour following a motorbike accident.

The 53-year-old Dire Straits star broke his collar bone and six ribs in the crash last month.

He had been due to kick off the tour in Lisbon in three weeks’ time and play eight dates in Britain at the beginning of June.

But his record company Mercury said in a statement: “Owing to injuries sustained in his recent motorbike accident, and acting on medical advice, Mark Knopfler has reluctantly been forced to cancel all shows on his proposed tour.

“Mark is obviously bitterly disappointed and would like to thank the fans who have sent him get well messages.”

The British leg of the tour was due to begin with four dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall followed by gigs in Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Fans who have already bought tickets will get full refunds.

Knopfler was knocked from his Honda motorbike on March 17 when it collided with a Fiat Punto in Belgravia, central London. The car’s woman driver was unhurt.

The star was treated at St Thomas’ Hospital before being discharged.

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