Now is semi-officially that the front man of Dire Straits will not be at the ceremony in Cleveland this month.
Mark Knopfler says he’d like one of two rock legends to induct his band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the ceremony in Cleveland on April 14th, Bob Dylan or Eric Clapton, two artists with whom he’s collaborated.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many people. I’ve done a lot of different odds and ends with Dylan and Clapton,” says the 68-year-old singer and guitarist.
Knopfler played on Dylan’s 1979 “Slow Train Coming” along with original Dire Straits drummer – Pick Withers and Knopfler also played on and produced Dylan’s 1983 “Infidels.”
Knopfler also played with Clapton numerous times, including a stint in the late-80s with Clapton’s touring band.
Mark says he doesn’t plan to attend the ceremony, so it’s doubtful Clapton would do the honors and Dylan is on tour in Europe through the end of April. The Rock Hall could turn to acts influenced by Dire Straits like Dave Matthews, The Wallflowers or Counting Crows or even Sting, who sang on Dire Straits only number one hit, 1985’s “Money for Nothing.”
Meanwhile, despite the fact neither Mark nor his brother David Knopfler will be in Cleveland for the induction, three members of the group – bassist John Illsley and keyboardist Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, will be in town and will be performing at least one Dire Straits song at the ceremony.