One of the most rich and cherished songbooks in rock’n’roll history will be reborn across Australia in October when the Dire Straits Experience comes together for an exclusive national tour.

Featuring internationally acclaimed world-class musicians, this tour will kick off in Perth on Friday 3rd October and will play Adelaide’s Festival Centre on Saturday night.

Saxophonist Chris White played 500 shows with Dire Straits.
Saxophonist Chris White played 500 shows with Dire Straits.

Assembled by Dire Straits band member Chris White and prodigious singer-guitarist Terrence Reis, the musicians in the ensemble have performed and recorded with legendary artists Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner.

The Dire Straits Experience will perform all the greatest hits including Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Brothers in Arms, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road, Private Investigations, Twisting By the Pool and more in a two-hour theatre show with full concert production.

Saxophonist, Chris White who played more than 500 shows with Dire Straits on their world conquering stadium tours of the ‘80s and early ‘90s said the band are dedicated to performing the songs with the same regard original frontman Mark Knopfler wrote them.

“A lot of Mark’s songs border on genius as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “This is about honouring those songs with the same spirit that connected so powerfully with so many people.”

The Dire Straits Experience began its evolution as The Straits in 2011, performing at a sold-out charity event at Royal Albert Hall.

Current frontman Terrence Reis rocks out with the Dire Straits Experience.

The popularity of that intended one-off has prompted sell-out tours throughout Europe and the USA which current vocalist and guitarist Terrence Reis said are about rewarding the fans.

“At the heart of it, it’s about celebrating something which this enormous fan base, who have been loyal for such a long time, still holds up as being extraordinary,” he said.

“It’s not just a nostalgic experience; it’s a reverence for something we hold dear now, today. I think there’s a big difference in that.”

Dire Straits topped the Australian charts with their first, self-titled album of 1978, and memorably blitzed box office records with a phenomenal 21 Sydney Entertainment Centres on their two-year-long Brothers in Arms world tour.

The fifth Dire Straits album spent 34 weeks at #1 in 1985, and remains one of our all-time highest-sellers as well as being listed among the greatest albums ever made by Rolling Stone (US) and Q magazine (UK).

Don’t miss this stunning seven-piece tribute to one of rock’s most visionary songwriters and most iconic bands, performed by some of the greatest musicians handpicked from the highest echelons of the international touring circuit.

For further information visit: http://www.direstraitsexperience.com