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Huge responsibility to play Mark Knopfler's compositions: DSE

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Mark Knopfler entered the music scene in the late '70s with "Sultans of Swing", which brought the British rock band Dire Straits an overnight success.

The old band may no longer be active but Terence Reis- fronted The Dire Straits Experience is bringing Knopfler's precisely-pointed guitar solos to life again in a new form.

Knopfler made Dire Straits one of the most successful bands of the '80s with his beautiful guitar solos and great writing in hits like "Sultans of Swing," "Money for Nothing," "Tunnel of Love," "So Far Away" and "Romeo and Juliet."

It was not easy for Reis to step into Knopfler's shoes and the singer says he was not even trying as he felt "it was something impossible to achieve."

"I'm still in the process of learning. I've got a lot of help from Dire Straits original members. Having them by my side has given me enough confidence to just the audience and this band," Reis told PTI.

"Mark fundamentally is a writer, an artist and I don't think he wants to be attached to anything at all and he has earned the right a 100 times over to do that. He is just great. He doesn't need anyone to represent him in anyway.

"What we are doing is something else. People are coming to see us as they want to know what it would have been like to be in the room when that track was being played by Mark in '91."

More than 25 years have passed since the original British rock group disbanded, leaving behind a catalogue of some of the finest compositions and musical performances that the heyday of rock ever produced.

It was against the backdrop of this two-decade break - and an increasing demand to hear their tracks played live again - that members of Dire Straits-- Alan Clark, Chris White and Phil Palmer-- reunited for a charity show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2011.

With Knopfler enjoying an incredibly successful solo career, Clark called upon Reis to front the band in his absence and that is how the Dire Straits Experience came to life.

The band apart from Reis, has Chris Whitten, Tim Walters and White, who is best known for the saxophone sounds of Dire Straits.

Reis recalls how White would tell him to join them on their tours as they were impressed with his vocals.

"I remember Chris telling me, 'These guys are just obsessed with you' and he said the last thing I want is somebody wants to be Mark. That's what you don't want. You want to be somebody, who is going to play something original.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 15:02 IST