Niagara Gazette — Dire Straits ranks amongst the bestselling artists of all time, all six of their studio albums achieved Platinum status or better in the UK and Gold status or better in the U.S. To give you some perspective, according to leading music industry trade magazines and sales figures, they have sold more albums than Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, and Metallica.
The band, led by guitarist Mark Knopfler, disbanded for good in 1995, after filling the musical landscape with classic hits like “Sultans of Swing”, “Romeo and Juliet” and the early MTV hit “Money for Nothing.”
The key to the band’s sound was the guitar styling of Knopfler, which former Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark described during a recent interview from his home in the UK as “a very unique type of fingerstyle that few guitarists can mimic.”
Clark found one of those precious few guitarists, South African native Terence Reis, who Clark noted “grew up listening to Mark (Knopfler) and Dire Straits.”
Clark and former Dire Straits saxophonist Chris White saw a unique opportunity with Reis, and formed The Straits with an ensemble of world class musicians for what appeared to be a one-off charity event on May 22, 2011, at the legendary Royal Albert Hall.
“We all thought it was going to be that one show but the response was phenomenal and now, nearly three years later, we are bringing the show stateside,” said Chris White.
One of those stateside shows is at Kleinhans Music Hall on Monday. Given the nature of Dire Straits music, the acoustics at Kleinhans make it the perfect venue to feature the band.
White and Clark both agreed that the music of Dire Straits is just as important to them as it is to the many fans of the iconic band. And while Clark says he has not spoken to Knopfler specifically about the project, “Mark knows his music is in good hands.”