40 Years of Dire Straits
Following on from sell out shows all over the world, The Dire Straits Experience will be touring in 2017 to celebrate 40 years from when it all began.
2017 sees the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the evocative opening line of Sultans Of Swing first heard being broadcast around the world. When Dire Straits disbanded 15 years later, they left a catalogue of some of the finest compositions and musical performances that the heyday of rock ever produced. If anything, their reputation has only grown with time. Record sales of more than one hundred and twenty million albums continue to increase as new young fans join the band’s massive worldwide following.
It was against the backdrop of a two-decade break – and an increasing demand to hear one of the most dramatic songbooks in rock history played live again – that Chris White and other members of Dire Straits formed The Straits for a charity show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2011. With the prolific Knopfler enjoying an incredibly successful solo career, the singer songwriter, Terence Reis was called upon to front the band in his absence. By the time The Straits ended, three and a half years later, the band had played more than 150 shows in 25 countries around the world.
However, an invitation to play a series of shows in New Zealand and Australia has seen Chris White and Terence Reis collaborating again for The Dire Straits Experience. Joining them is a stellar band of some of the finest professional musicians the UK has to offer. Between them they have worked with an enviable list of rock royalty that includes, amongst others, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Tom Jones and Sheryl Crow. Most recently, Chris Whitten has been playing with band whenever he is free to do so. Having provided drums for the classic 80s hits What I Am by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and The Whole Of The Moon by the Waterboys, Chris went on to appear on Paul McCartney’s critically acclaimed Flowers In The Dirt album and 1989/90 record-breaking world tour before joining Dire Straits for the On Every Street world tour that saw Dire Straits play 229 shows in 19 countries.
And so it is that these songs, in all their ambition, grandeur and aching beauty, are once again presented live… for the fans that that have kept them alive.
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