It’s been 25 years since one of the greatest bands ever left a catalogue behind of some of the finest compositions that rock ever produced. And after a record 120 million albums sold, it’s clear that the music of rock legends Dire Straits will live on forever.
And now, die-hard Dire Straits’ fans of all ages should accept ‘you get a shiver in the dark’ as you hear the delightful news; the internationally acclaimed, The Dire Straits Experience, featuring veteran Dire Straits members, Chris White and Chris Whitten, will head to South Africa for one night only on Tuesday, 15th October 2019.
Naturally, Dire Straits’ fans attending the event at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria, can look forward to hearing all of their favourites – iconic hits such as Money For Nothing, Sultans of Swing, Walk of Life, and many more others.
Alongside White and Whitten, The Dire Straits Experience is fronted by Terence Reis and made up of some of the finest professional musicians the UK has to offer, who between them have worked with the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, George Michael, The Killers and many many more.
Chris White appreciates that it was always going to be an almost impossible task to bring any sense of authenticity to these extraordinary pieces of music without Mark Knopfler.
“When I was first approached to put together a band to play the Dire Straits songs at the Albert Hall, I didn’t believe it would be possible to find someone who would be able to stand in Mark’s shoes without sounding like an imposter. I was wrong.
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 have kept them alive.
Tickets for this once in a lifetime experience are now on sale through Computicket (www.computicket.com) and expected to sell fast, so make sure you secure your rightful place well in advance for this unforgettable night in the company of rock n roll genius. Ticket prices range between R225 to R350.
EVENT: The Dire Straits Experience
DATE: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
VENUE: Time Square, Menlyn, Pretoria
For more information, visit www.direstraitsexperience.com.