Legendary British rockers, Dire Straits, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last December, along with many greats, including the Cars and the Moody Blues. However, Dire Straits keyboardist, Alan Clark, posted on his website, indicating how it will just be himself and fellow Dire Straits members, John Illsley and Guy Fletcher, showing up to the awards ceremony and not any of the Knopfler brothers or any other members, including original drummer, Pick Withers. Dire Straits without David Knopfler? That isn’t bad. Dire Straits without Mark Knopfler? Now there’s a problem.
Clark also went onto to explain the state of performing at the ceremony. “There’s a lot of conjecture on forums about whether the band is performing at the Hall of Fame,” said Clark. Clark later said, “…we’ll be be performing an unplugged version of ‘Telegraph Road‘ with me on harmonium, Guy on ukulele, John on banjo, and the vocal performed by the three of us as a three part harmony.”
There is no indicator showing why Mark Knopfler isn’t showing up to the ceremony, however, his brother claims the Rock and Roll HOF revoked any travel costs.
In response to a Facebook question, David Knopfler said, “In their wisdom after promising to pay my expenses they reneged on their promise … I can well understand that with only $5 mil a year in sponsorships and 100k a table and no fees for the artist that paying my taxi to the airport must have given them heart murmurs like Squeers hearing Oliver Twist asking for more and frightened them into refusal otherwise one might get the wrong idea entirely about what they’re all about.”
When further questioned in the comment section by fans and other reporters, David Knopfler simply ended it by saying, ” It’s a great honour to be nominated all the rest is just the usual Faustian BS.”
There have been issues and controversy over the years concerning the Rock and Roll HOF. We all know about the famous snubs (here’s to you Iron Maiden), the Monkees controversy, and Steve Miller’s infamous speech, concerning the induction process. With more artists calling out and rebelling against the foundation, the more people will not care about it and not tune in to watch the ceremony.
Regardless of your opinion of the Rock and Roll HOF and the who eventually shows up for Dire Straits, the group will be inducted into on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland.
Dire Straits formed in London in 1977, by brothers Mark and David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers. They released their debut album in 1978, which included the radio hit, “Sultans of Swing.” However, it wasn’t until their 1980 album, Making Movies, the band grew artistically and was taken serious as a staple in music. With David Knopfler and Withers departing when the band was really taking off, Dire Straits reformed and added new members. Having released Love over Gold in 1982, an EP in 1983, and a live album 1984, the group released the biggest album of their career and one of the best selling albums of all time, Brothers in Arms. It landed on the charts at #1 worldwide and won two Grammy Awards. It included many of the band’s hits such as the assertive Knopfler guitar driven “Money for Nothing” and the bluesy and upbeat “Walk of Life.” The group broke up shortly after this success, but united for one more release in 1991 entitled, On Every Street, before the band broke up for good in 1995. Dire Straits have been truly influential to many artists and their sound draws a combination of musical influences, ranging from blues to jazz and to straight pub and roots rock, which conflicted with the new wave and punk rock sound of the late seventies and early eighties. Nonetheless, the influence of punk on “Industrial Disease” is very much there.