Dire Straits to play Rock Hall of Fame Induction without Mark Knopfler

music news 04/04/2018

Dire Straits are performing at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next with but without frontman - Mark Knopfler, who isn't attending the ceremony.

Keyboardist, Alan Clark shared the band's plans for the big night on his website, explaining that "there's a lot of conjecture on forums about whether the band is performing at the Hall of Fame, and if not why not and who in the band are going to the ceremony. Well, here it is and it's official: Myself, Guy Fletcher and John Illsley will attend the ceremony, where we'll be be performing an unplugged version of 'Telegraph Road' with me on harmonium, Guy on ukulele, John on banjo, and the vocal performed by the three of us as a three part harmony."

Dire Straits formed in London in 1977 and split in 1995 and while it's unsure as to why Knopfler won't attend the ceremony, his brother David, who played with the band on its first two albums, said he won't be there either. 

"In their wisdom, after promising to pay my expenses they reneged on their promise," David Knopler posted in response to a Facebook question. "I can well understand that with only $5 mil a year in sponsorships and 100k a table and no fees for the artist that paying my taxi to the airport must have given them heart murmurs like Squeers hearing Oliver Twist asking for more and frightened them into refusal otherwise one might get the wrong idea entirely about what they're all about."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock