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  • Dire Straits Members Touring as "The Straits" This Winter Without Mark Knopfler

    Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:53:33

    Dire Straits Members Touring as "The Straits" This Winter Without Mark Knopfler - It's Alan Clark, Chris White and hand-picked musicians

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    • Mark Knopfler - LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: (L to R) Isabella Knopfler, Mark Knopfler and Belinda Lang attend an after party celebrating the 'Once The Musical' Oxfam Gala at Paramount on March 17, 2014 in London, England.
    • Mark Knopfler - LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: (L to R) Isabella Knopfler, Mark Knopfler and Hugh Hudson attend the 'Once The Musical' Oxfam Gala performance at Phoenix Theatre on March 17, 2014 in London, England.
    • Mark Knopfler - LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Mark Knopfler (R) and daughter Isabella Knopfler attend the 'Once The Musical' Oxfam Gala performance at Phoenix Theatre on March 17, 2014 in London, England.

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    Money for nuthin' and no Knopfler.

    Dire Straits' Alan Clark and Chris White with five hand-picked, world class musicians - Terence Reis, Steve Ferrone from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mickey Féat, Adam Phillips and Jamie Squire – are set to perform at venues in the United States starting in late February.

    They will perform as The Straits.

    The Straits' keyboard player and former Dire Straits member and producer Alan Clark began the process two years ago in Rome. "Dire Straits' sax player Chris and I were having breakfast beside a pool one beautiful, sunny morning when I declared we were going to form The Straits," says Clark.

    Having been a part the hugely successful, multi-million selling Dire Straits, Clark was acutely aware of the huge responsibility they were undertaking, and the need to get it right.

    Here's how things went down.

    "So, next we needed a band," Clark continued. "There was only ever going to be one drummer: Steve Ferrone, probably the best rock drummer in the world, and a good mate. We'd played together for some years when we were in Eric Clapton's band and he is godfather to my son and daughter."

    He continued, "As for a frontman, I'd always thought it would be impossible to replace the huge talent that is Mark Knopfler until I discovered the brilliant Terence Reis. Next we needed a bass player. We'd briefly considered using a lineup of ex Dire Straits players - and believe me, there were plenty offers - but we decided to go our own way', to hand-pick the absolute best, so Mickey Feat was recruited on bass. As for the additional keyboard player role, I'd watch Jamie Squire grow up - his family were neighbors of mine in a village in Northumberland - and develop into the amazing multi-instrumental singer/songwriter he is today. Suddenly we had a band, and what a band!"

    The Straits Tour Dates:

    Feb 28 - Manistee, MI | Little River Casino
    Mar 01 - Annapolis, MD | Rams Head On Stage
    Mar 02 - Portland, ME | Asylum Nightclub Concert Venue
    Mar 03 - Buffalo, NY | Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Mar 04 - Red Bank, NJ | Count Basie Theatre
    Mar 05 - Englewood, NJ | Bergen Performing Arts Center
    Mar 07 - St. Charles, IL | Arcada Theatre
    Mar 08 - Osceola, IA | Lakeside Casino
    Mar 09 - Grand Forks, ND | Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota
    Mar 15 - Flagstaff, AZ | Twin Arrows Casino
    Mar 16 - Tucson, AZ | Fox Theatre
    Mar 20 - Lakeland, FL | The Lakeland Center
    Mar 22 - Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Casino
    Mar 24 - Seattle, WA | Neptune Theatre
    Mar 25 - Portland, OR | Alhambra Theatre
    Mar 26 - Tuolumne, CA | Black Oak Casino
    Mar 27 - Boise, ID | Egyptian Theatre
    Mar 28 - Stateline, NV | Montblueu Casino Resort
    Mar 29 - Las Vegas, NV | Cannery Resort and Casino

    For more info, visit thestraits.com/live-shows.

    Dire Straits Music -- you down?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    01.29.14



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