Wednesday, February 16, 2005

‘Sultan’ to swing City on March 7

‘Sultan’ to swing City on March 7

Deccan Herald

The Sultan of Swing, Mark Knopfler, is coming with a bagful of the greatest hits of Dire Straits, and his trademark guitars that create the coolest sounds, to the Palace Grounds in Bangalore on March 7. He will be here after a concert in Mumbai on March 5 at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex.

Known as the ‘quiet man of rock and roll’, his songs explode with his brilliant guitar riffs and husky, smoky voice. Knopfler was a journalist in his early days and covered the music beat until the urgings of his own guitar led him to a career in music. Known as one of the most respected and skillful guitarists in the music scene, Mark Knopfler together with brother David, John Ilsley (bass) and Pick Withers (drums), founded the band Dire Straits in August 1977. The band got its name due to its habitual financial state.

Ever since their first album, also called ‘Dire Straits’, hit the stores in 1978, the band churned out a succession of albums. The Dire Straits’ magic took hold of music fans across the world in 1985 with ‘Brothers in Arms’, one of the biggest selling albums of all time. ‘Sultans of Swing’ not only made a name for the band but also marked a turning point in rock history in 1998.

The “India Tour” is being produced by the Bangalore-based DNA Networks. Tickets to the concerts are priced at Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,000. Advance booking for the tickets can be made by calling 080-25705858 in Bangalore. Log on to for online booking.


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