The Straits to tour the UK

One of the first albums I ever owned was Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms. I got it for Christmas, the same year I got a plastic microphone with a stand and little amplifier (with a star-shaped volume knob – how rock). That Christmas day I sat out on the fence in my front yard singing Dire Straits songs to the neighbourhood. Mark Knopfler was one of my biggest early guitar heroes. Oh and one time I copied out the lyrics to ‘One World’ by hand but wrote ‘Lyrics by Peter Hodgson’ at the top just to see what it’d feel like. Felt awesome. Anyway, I don’t know if we’ll ever see a fully-fledged Dire Straits reunion with Mark Knopfler involved, but the following is some pretty awesome news nonetheless.
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The Straits tour ‘The Sound of Dire Straits’ in October

Following The Straits’ recent stunning debut show at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2011, Alan Clark, Phil Palmer and Chris White from Dire Straits will embark on an 11-date UK tour in October due to the overwhelming demand to hear the band’s much loved catalogue of unforgettable songs. 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 811 0051. Book Online:

The Straits’ upcoming ‘The Sound of Dire Straits’ UK tour includes 3 original members and some of the top session players to form a powerful, driven, and compelling live rock band not to be missed. The Straits will perform songs from the classic albums ‘Dire Straits’ (1978), ‘Communiqué’ (1979), ‘Making Movies’ (1980), ‘Love Over Gold’ (1982), ‘Brothers In Arms’ (1985) and ‘On Every Street’ (1991). Get ready for the seminal, atmospheric hits including ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Tunnel of Love’, ‘Private Investigations’, ‘Money for Nothing’, ‘Walk of Life’, and ‘Brothers in Arms’.

The tour takes in Birmingham Symphony Hall (Oct 3), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Oct 4), Newcastle City Hall (Oct 5), York Barbican (Oct 7), Cardiff St Davids Hall (Oct 9), Bristol Colston Hall (Oct 10), London HMV Hammersmith Apollo (Oct 12), Ipswich Regent (Oct 13), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (Oct 14), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Oct 16), and Manchester o2 Apollo (Oct 17).

The band includes Phil Palmer (guitar), Chris White (sax), Terence Reis (lead vocals, guitar), Alan Clark (keyboards), Steve Ferrone (drums), Mick Feat (bass) and Jamie Squire (keyboards).