38 years ago – Dire Straits Kick Off Their First Tour

38 years ago – Dire Straits Kick Off Their First Tour

Mark Knopfler 1979.

38 years ago Dire Straits on 23 February 1979 – they made first tour of the United States and Canada, opens at the Paradise Club in Boston.

The group logs 51 sold-out shows in 38 days. “Sultans of Swing” of the debut album scaled on the charts to the number 4 in the United States and number eight in the United Kingdom.

Mark Knopfler – Rockpalast 1979.

“Sultans of Swing” became one of the biggest hits of all time, and also song was the fixture in the band’s live performance in all shows. Bob Dylan who had seen the band play in Los Angeles, was so impressed that he invited Mark and Pick to play on his next album “Slow Train Coming”.

After that – Dire Straits would go on to record five more albums as Knopfler would take on his successful solo career. Down below you can watch the band perform “Sultans of Swing” live on Rockpalast in 1979. Enjoy.


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