Former Members Of Dire Straits Announce New Tour as 'Dire Straits Legacy' Incarnation

Dire Straits
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Dire Straits

Dire Straits Legacy -- which features former Dire Straits member Alan Clark along with percussionist Danny Cummings, guitarist Phil Palmer, former Yes member Trevor Horn, Steve Ferrone from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Marco Caviglia, Mel Collins, and Primiano DiBiase -- announced their first-ever U.S. tour on Thursday (Aug. 30).

The project grew out of Alan Clark’s previous project, the Straits, which formed after Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler broke up the band in 1992. 

“The DSL Dire Straits Legacy project was born from our love and respect for the music of Dire Straits, and to bring the music to fans who have been starved of hearing it played live by the musicians who made it, for far too long,” the band shared in a statement.

“Now, after many requests, we're coming to the U.S. Along with all the Dire Straits hits, we’ll also be playing one or two songs from our new album 3 Chord Trick, and a couple of other tunes we’ve been involved with. See you there!" they added.    

The rest of the original members of Dire Straits will not be joining the tour, and haven't been shy about voicing their thoughts regarding the band's new formation. “I said to them, ‘If you’re going to do it, will you please call it something else,'” former member John Illsley told Rolling Stone last year, referring to their previous incarnation as the Straits. “‘It would be like some people coming together and calling themselves the Stones or the Floyd. You can’t really do that. You were members of the band for a while, but you don’t own the name. You have no ownership. Can you please it call it something else? Call it what it is, which is basically a tribute act."

Past members of Dire Straits have toured together in recent years under various names, but this is the first time they’ve come to North America as DSL. 

Check the tour dates below. 

Dire Straits Legacy U.S. Tour 2018

Sept. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Sept. 28 – Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
Sept. 29 – St. Charles, MO – Famlly Arena
Oct. 2 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
Oct. 4 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Oct. 5 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
Oct. 6 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theater at Westbury


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