Beatles, Rolling Stones and Queen musicians join Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes: Full list for charity single

David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Slash, Eric Clapton, Sting, Joan Armatrading, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Nile Rodgers, Joan Jett and Brian May are among Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes.
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A new charity single brings together members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as well as musical legends such as Sting, Joan Armatrading, Bruce Springsteen and Nile Rodgers.

Mark Knopfler, from Dire Straits, brought the stars together to re-record his Going Home (Theme From Local Hero) to raise funds for TeenageCancer Trust and its American equivalent, Teen Cancer America.

The single will be released on March 15 and features contributions from guitar legends, including Jef Beck's final recording backed by a supergroup of Ringo Starr and his son Zac Starkey on drums and Sting on bass. Roger Daltrey, Teenage Cancer Trust’s honorary patron and co-founder of Teen Cancer America with Pete Townshend, plays harmonica.

Guitarists include David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Slash, Eric Clapton, Sting, Joan Armatrading, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Nile Rodgers, Joan Jett, Brian May, Tony Iommi, Joe Walsh and Sam Fender.

The record's artwork is designed by Sir Peter Blake.

Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes, Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)  - cover by Peter Blake.Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes, Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)  - cover by Peter Blake.
Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes, Going Home (Theme From Local Hero) - cover by Peter Blake.

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, producer,] 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.”

The film Local Hero was released in 1983 and starred Burt Lancaster. It was Mark Knopfler’s first credit as a film composer.

Physical formats of the single will be available on CD, 12” with etched b-side and deluxe CD+BluRay, including sleeve notes by Paul Sexton, and digital formats include a Dolby Atmos mix.

Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes - full list

  1. Joan Armatrading
  2. Jeff Beck
  3. Richard Bennett
  4. Joe Bonamassa
  5. Joe Brown
  6. JamesBurton
  7. Jonathan Cain
  8. Paul Carrack
  9. Eric Clapton
  10. Ry Cooder
  11. Jim Cox
  12. SteveCropper,
  13. Sheryl Crow
  14. Danny Cummings
  15. Roger Daltrey
  16. Duane Eddy
  17. Sam Fender
  18. Guy Fletcher
  19. Peter Frampton
  20. Audley Freed
  21. Vince Gill
  22. David Gilmour
  23. Buddy Guy
  24. Keiji Haino
  25. Tony Iommi
  26. Joan Jett
  27. John Jorgenson
  28. Mark Knopfler
  29. Sonny Landreth
  30. Albert Lee
  31. Greg Leisz
  32. Alex Lifeson
  33. Steve Lukather
  34. Phil Manzanera
  35. Dave Mason
  36. Hank Marvin
  37. Brian May
  38. Robbie McIntosh
  39. John McLaughlin
  40. Tom Morello
  41. Rick Nielsen
  42. Orianthi
  43. Brad Paisley
  44. Nile Rodgers
  45. Mike Rutherford
  46. Joe Satriani
  47. John Sebastian
  48. Connor Selby
  49. Slash
  50. Bruce Springsteen
  51. Ringo Starr
  52. Zak Starkey
  53. Sting
  54. Andy Taylor
  55. Susan Tedeschi
  56. Derek Trucks
  57. Ian Thomas
  58. Pete Townshend
  59. Keith Urban
  60. Steve Vai
  61. Waddy Wachtel
  62. Joe Louis Walker
  63. Joe Walsh
  64. Ronnie Wood
  65. Glenn Worf
  66. Zucchero