Mark Knopfler and Brian Johnson join Sir Tom Jones for incredible Hank Williams cover in Music Legends preview

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25 Apr 2024, 09:27

Brian Johnson, Mark Knopfler and Sir Tom Jones in Johnson and Knopfler’s Music Legends

Credit: Sky Arts

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson kicked off their brand new Sky Arts series in style with a spine-tingling impromptu performance with Sir Tom Jones. 

Johnson and Knopfler’s Music Legends, which will air from tonight (25th April), will see the talented pair sit down to discuss their incredible knowledge and experience of the music industry alongside some very special guests, including Nile Rodgers and Cyndi Lauper.

In an exclusive preview sent to ahead of the debut episode, Sir Tom sits down with Brian and Mark, who is already equipped with an acoustic guitar. 

While the pair set up for their scene, the She’s a Lady hit-maker immediately bursts out into Hank Williams’ 1952 track Your Cheatin’ Heart. 

Eventually, rocker Brian joins in, totally in awe of Sir Tom, while Mark strums away. 

“I thought we’d make this a two hour special!” Brian then belts out to the behind-the-scenes crew. 

Elsewhere in the episode, Sir Tom will open up about his friendship with Elvis, as well as his earliest musical influences. 

The six-part series also includes the likes of Carlos Santana and Sam Fender, who will tell the Geordie pair the story of his musical journey so far, discusses the influence Johnson and Knopfler have had on him, and he even shows them how to play Seventeen Going Under.

Elsewhere, Mark recently sat down on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar following the release of his new solo album, One Deep River. 

Reflecting on life as 74, the guitar hero told Chris: “I feel fabulous. Life is great. I'm very lucky to be here. And I'm aware of how crowded the dance floor is out there. Nobody knows better than me. And so I'm pretty amazed that people still want to be part of it and get into it and know about it and play the songs and learn the songs, or whatever it is they want to do with the songs and live with the songs."

He added: “I'm delighted by the way it all is. I suppose I'm moving a bit slower and I get overtaken on the pavement by old lady's going down to the post office to get their pensions.”

Johnson and Knopfler’s Music Legends will air on Sky Arts, Freeview and NOW from today (25th April).