Mark Knopfler is not, of course, part of The Straits, the new band headed by Dire Straits alumni Alan Clark and Chris White, which plays the group's music in concert.
But keyboardist Clark tells us he doesn't think Knopfler, who effectively disbanded Dire Straits in 1995, will have a problem with what The Straits is doing: "I haven't spoken to Mark about this since we started doing it, so I couldn't tell you what his personal feelings about it are. I do know that he knows that his music is in excellent hands, and no doubt he'll be looking at this on YouTube and stuff and knowing we're doing a damn fine job. I wouldn't be involved in all this unless it was top flight."
Clark, who was Dire Straits keyboardist from 1980 on and co-produced 1991's "On Every Street," started The Straits during 2011 for a concert in London and has built it into a touring band, with Terence Reis filling Knopfler's spot on vocals and guitar. The group launches its first North American tour on February 28 in Manistee, Mich., and Clark says he's working on new material for the band to record and add to its Dire Straits repertoire.
United States Tour:
Feb 28 - Manistee, MI | Little River Casino
Mar 01 - Annapolis, MD | Rams Head On Stage
Mar 02 - Portland, ME | Asylum Nightclub Concert Venue
Mar 03 - Buffalo, NY | Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Mar 04 - Red Bank, NJ | Count Basie Theatre
Mar 05 - Englewood, NJ | Bergen Performing Arts Center
Mar 07 - St. Charles, IL | Arcada Theatre
Mar 08 - Osceola, IA | Lakeside Casino
Mar 09 - Grand Forks, ND | Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota
Mar 15 - Flagstaff, AZ | Twin Arrows Casino
Mar 16 - Tucson, AZ | Fox Theatre
Mar 20 - Lakeland, FL | The Lakeland Center
Mar 22 - Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Casino
Mar 24 - Seattle, WA | Neptune Theatre
Mar 25 - Portland, OR | Alhambra Theatre
Mar 26 - Tuolumne, CA | Black Oak Casino
Mar 27 - Boise, ID | Egyptian Theatre
Mar 28 - Stateline, NV | Montblueu Casino Resort