SA gigs for Dire Straits frontman

2004-12-01 13:37

Johannesburg - Dire Straits founding member Mark Knopfler will play two concerts in South Africa next year, concert promoters announced on Tuesday.

Big Concerts and 94.7 Highveld Stereo said Knopfler will fill the pre-winter air with the distinctive strains of the hits Money for Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Sultans of Swing and So Far Away when he plays at Carnival City on February 28 and March 1.

His group Dire Straits, was formed in London in 1977 and went on to become an international success after the release of its debut album.

Knopfler was suddenly hailed as the best British guitarist since Eric Clapton. Following the release of a later album, Brothers in Arms, which featured the global smash hit Money for Nothing, the group was tagged 'the biggest band in the world'.

Their tour drew a combined audience of over 2.5 million, resulting in album sales exceeding 15 million units.

Dire Straits also performed concerts for the Prince's Trust in front of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, appeared at the 1985 Live Aid Concert and the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert.

In 1996 Mark began his career as a solo performer with the release of the Golden Heart album. His solo career has allowed him to hone his talent as a singer/song-writer, leading to Sailing To Philadelphia, The Ragpicker's Dream, and now his latest album, Shangri-La.

Tour itinerary

  • Monday, February 28 - The Big Top Arena: Carnival City
  • Tuesday, March 1 - The Big Top Arena: Carnival City