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Dire Straits to perform at Rock Hall ceremony . . . sort of

April 3, 2018 GMT

Dire Straits to perform at Rock Hall ceremony . . . sort of

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother David may not be coming to Cleveland for the band’s April 14 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But three members of the group -- bassist John Illsley and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher -- will be in town and will be performing at least one Dire Straits song at the ceremony.

Clark made the revelation on his website, alanclarkmusic.com.

“There’s a lot of conjecture on forums about whether the band is performing at the Hall of Fame, and if not why not and who in the band are going to the ceremony,” Clark wrote. “Well, here it is and it’s official: Myself, Guy Fletcher and John Illsley will attend the ceremony, where we’ll be be performing an unplugged version of ‘Telegraph Road’ with me on harmonium, Guy on ukulele, John on banjo, and the vocal performed by the three of us as a three part harmony.”  

The Rock Hall recently announced it’s lineup of presenters for the 2018 inductions. The announcement included presenters for Bon Jovi (Howard Stern), the Moody Blues (Heart’s Ann Wilson), the Cars (The Killers Brandon Flowers), Nina Simone (Mary J. Blige) and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Alabama Shakes’ vocalist Brittany Howard).

Bit no mention was made of Dire Straits.

Dire Straits rhythm guitarist David Knopfler is not happy with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In public Facebook posts today he said he won’t be in Cleveland for the band’s induction in part because the Rock Hall “reneged” on an agreement to cover his travel expenses.

You can read more about that development HERE.