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Former Members of Dire Straits to Tour U.S.

The Straits.com
The Straits.com

Former members of Dire Straits will be touring the U.S. in February and March, joined by Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers but not by longtime frontman Mark Knopfler.

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35 Years Ago: Dire Straits Release Their Debut Album

Dire Straits, 'Dire Straits'
Warner Bros.

The '60s, '70s and '80s are full of stories about bands that limped along for years, touring hard and testing their labels' patience before finally getting their big break. Given their low-key music and resolute lack of visual flash, the guys in Dire Straits seemed like good candidates for one of those slow-building careers -- and unlikely candidates for mainstream pop stardom.

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25 Years Ago: Dire Straits Break Up

Mark Knopfler
Carlos Muina, Getty Images

Classic rock history is littered with unexpected tragedies and surprising reversals of fate, but other events can be seen coming from a mile away – case in point, the official break up of Dire Straits, which was announced b

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Top 10 Dire Straits Songs

Dire Straits
Warner Bros. Records

Dire Straits came out of nowhere when their debut album was released in 1978. Really. They had formed only the year before and hadn't gigged much before they recorded a demo tape that caught the attention of record-company execs. They were an immediate hit, especially with rock radio, which

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Dire Straits, ‘Sultans of Swing’ – Lyrics Uncovered

Dire Straits
Vertigo/Warner Bros.

‘Sultans of Swing’ was both the first single from Dire Straits’ debut album and a revealing first-person account of the average working band’s hardscrabble, often thankless existence playing British pubs during the '70s. It’s only fitting, therefore, that Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler was inspired to write the tune in a pub, pint in hand, whilst watching just one such band calling themselves – you guessed it – the Sultans of Swing.

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No U.S. Release Scheduled for New Mark Knopfler Album ‘Privateering’

Mark Knopfler
Paul Kane, Getty Images

He's a multiple Grammy winner, one of rock's most respected guitarists, and a founding member of the multiplatinum AOR legends Dire Straits -- and yet Mark Knopfler's new album doesn't have an American release date. What gives?

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Mark Knopfler – August 2012 Classic Rock Birthdays

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It's a difficult thing to etch out your own style among all of the talented musicians in the rock world world, but Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, who turns 63 on Aug. 12, was able to do so quite well.

Forming the band in 1977

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2012 Burger King BBQ Day Commercial – What’s the Song?

Burger King YouTube

A new Burger King commercial looks to tie their food in with your summer traditions. The one-minute ad uses Dire Straits' 1985 Top Ten hit, 'Walk of Life.'

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No. 39: Dire Straits, ‘Sultans Of Swing’– Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Juan Naharro Gimenez, Getty Images
Juan Naharro Gimenez, Getty Images

‘Sultans Of Swing’ was Dire Straits’ debut single. Let that sink in -- the fully-formed, blues-drenched tune was the first song many heard from the British act.

However, its appeal was evident long before it hit No. 4 on the Billboard singles chart in 1979, or our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list: A 1977 demo version of the song reportedly earned the band a record deal.

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Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’ Canadian Radio Ban Lifted

Dire Straits
Dave Hogan, Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) announced that the eight-month ban on Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’ has been lifted! The song was yanked from national playlists on radio stations in Canada in January after a listener complained about the usage of the word “faggot” when said listener heard the song on CHOZ-FM in Newfoundland.

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