Dire Straits get inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Dire Straits joined an elite club at the end of last week, getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Three former members, John Illsley, Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher turned up but Mark Knopfler did not.

Illsley acknowledged Knopfler's absence saying: "I know there’s been a lot of speculation about the fact that Mark is not here, but I can assure you, it’s just a personal thing. It’s personal reasons, let’s just leave it at that.  This is really more about a group of people more than one person, it’s a collective, a brotherhood and that’s something that needs acknowledging tonight."

Dire Straits have been eligible for induction since 2003 and were voted in this year on their first nomination.

The band was formed by brothers Mark and Dave Knopfler with Illsley and drummer Pick Withers in 1977.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock