The Dire Straits Experience, the acclaimed live show from former Dire Straits touring member Chris White, have announced a six-date UK tour spanning May and June 2018.
Over 25 years have passed since Dire Straits disbanded, leaving a catalogue of some of the finest compositions and musical performances that the heyday of rock ever produced. If anything, their reputation has only grown with time. Record sales of more than 125 million albums continue to increase as new young fans discover the music and join the band’s massive worldwide following. A trend that is echoed in their 2018 inauguration into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
It was against the backdrop of a two-decade break – and an increasing demand to hear one of the most dramatic songbooks in rock history played live again – that former members of Dire Straits, Alan Clark, Chris White and Phil Palmer formed The Straits for a charity show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2011. With the prolific Knopfler enjoying an incredibly successful solo career, Alan Clark called upon the singer songwriter, Terence Reis to front the band in his absence. By the time The Straits ended, three and a half years later, the band had played more than 150 shows in 25 countries around the world.
Chris White said; “I have been truly amazed and, frankly, humbled by the response we have had from the fans on hearing these songs again. In Terence Reis, I think we may have found the only person on the planet that is able to play and sing like Mark, but maintain his own integrity and identity. I think this is the very essence of why the fans have been so accepting of what we do. They believe in Terence as his own man. They know he is not trying to be Mark. Because of his respect for Mark, Terence is able to perform these songs in a very honest way that allows his energy and talent to come through. This is exactly what allows the performances to feel alive and fresh. Not slavish copies of a bygone time. Without Terence, this would simply not work.”
And so it is that these songs, in all their ambition, grandeur and aching beauty, are once again presented live… for the fans that that have kept them alive.
Thursday 10th May – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Friday 18th May – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 19th May – Cheltenham Centaur
Friday 22nd June – Guildford G Live
Tuesday 26th June – Liverpool Philharmonic
Thursday 28th June – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets onsale at 8am on Friday 26th January via musicplussport.com – Tickets available from £30 (London £35)