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Compiled by Terry Kilburn

John Illsley – UK tour

Friday, October 6, 2017

John Illsley, founder member of Dire Straits and along with Mark for the whole ride, is embarking on his first tour of the UK in over three years, with a brand new band including Robbie McIntosh and Paul Stacey on guitar duties.

Playing many of the much loved Dire Straits classics and other songs from John’s recent albums Long Shadows and Testing the Water John says:

“The new songs fit very comfortably next to the Dire Straits classics which we keep alive with the right energy and feeling; this is not a tribute band, we leave the note for note playing to others.”

This 17 date tour takes John and his band the length and breadth of the UK.

 

Tom Petty

Friday, October 6, 2017

‘I was so sad to hear the news about Tom Petty. I always loved him, from his first classic record with the Heartbreakers and on through the years. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.’

MK

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dire Straits has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame offers fans the opportunity to participate officially in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017.

Inside Out

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mark recently appeared on BBC TV’s regional show, Inside Out. talking about the inspiration behind the song Sailing to Philadelphia.

See it here