Knopfler swings back in the saddle

Rock star Mark Knopfler has revealed he is back making music after a nasty motorbike smash – but he is still struggling to play an acoustic guitar.

Rock star Mark Knopfler has revealed he is back making music after a nasty motorbike smash – but he is still struggling to play an acoustic guitar.

The ex-Dire Straits mainman , who had to pull the plug on a tour due to the March accident, explained that his injuries mean he is unable to stretch his arm around the instrument.

But had had now recovered enough to perform again on an electric guitar.

Knopfler, 53, suffered a broken collar bone and six broken ribs from a collision between his Honda motorcycle and a car in central London.

Speaking about his recovery, the guitarist and singer said: “I’m fine. I’m playing again.

“I can get my arm around a solid bodied guitar. I can’t manage an acoustic but I’m working on it.”

Knopfler enjoyed a string of hits with Dire Straits including Sultans Of Swing, Romeo And Juliet and Money For Nothing. The band had a global best-selling album with Brothers In Arms.

He is also known for his soundtrack work, providing the music for movies such as Local Hero.

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