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THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE
October 2 2014
One of the most dramatic songbooks in history will explode into life in the hands of some of the greatest rock musicians alive when the Dire Straits Experience comes together for an exclusive NZ/Australian tour.
Assembled by Brothers In Arms veteran Chris White and prodigious singer-guitarist Terence Reis, this world class ensemble reignites the greatest hits from Mark Knopfler's platinum catalogue with the breathtaking skill and showmanship of the original 120-million-selling stadium phenomenon.
Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Brothers in Arms, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road, Private Investigations, Twisting By the Pool, and much more in a two-hour theatre show with full concert production.
The seven-piece ensemble has been handpicked from the highest echelons of the international touring circuit, with combined experience spanning Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler himself.
That intended one-off has since snowballed by popular demand to traverse the UK and USA, leaving a trail of superlatives equal to the most celebrated arena artists of our time:
"A lot of Mark's songs border on genius as far as I'm concerned," says Chris, who played more than 500 shows with Dire Straits on their world conquering stadium tours of the '80s and early '90s. "This is about honouring those songs with the same spirit that connected so powerfully with so many people."
"At the heart of it," says Terence, "it's about celebrating something which this enormous fan base, who have been loyal for such a long time, still holds up as being extraordinary. It's not just a nostalgic experience, its a reverence for something we hold dear now, today. I think there's a big difference in that."
Dire Straits topped the NZ and Australian charts with their first, self-titled album of 1978, and memorably blitzed box office records with a phenomenal 21 Sydney Entertainment Centres on their two-year-long Brothers in Arms world tour. The fifth Dire Straits album spent 34 weeks at #1 in 1985, and remains one of our all-time highest-sellers as well as being listed among the greatest albums ever made by Rolling Stone (US) and Q magazine (UK).
Mark Knopfler dissolved the band for a successful solo career after one more album, *On Every Street*, in 1991. *Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler* stormed the Top 20 in 12 countries in 2005.