40th Anniversary Tour 2017

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of David Knopfler’s musical career, and the founding of Dire Straits, we are planning several exceptional concerts for 2017. It’s a special opportunity, particularly since this unique combination of players has never before performed together.


In 1977 David Knopfler founded the legendary rock group Dire Straits. Along with 
brother Mark Knopfler he went on to achieve worldwide stardom and acclaim. Since his departure from Dire Straits, David has enjoyed a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter, releasing over a dozen albums and performing in sold out concerts around the globe.


The 40th Anniversary Tour 2017 will be a celebration of David Knopfler's entire musical career and will include guest appearances by old friends and fellow musicians. Special guest Alan Clark, the original keyboard player for Dire Straits, will appear with David on stage for the first time. Alan’s career includes playing on the legendary Dire Straits studio album “Brothers in Arms”, recording with Bob Dylan, and touring with Eric Clapton.


Other band member include Harry Bogdanovs – guitar (John Farnham, Westernhagen, The Shadows, Elton John), Pete Shaw – bass (Chris Rea, Mary Black, Joe Brown), Bub Roberts – lead guitar (David Knopfler, Simply Red, Toni Halliday) and one of the world’s best A-list drummers, Martin Ditcham, who has played with a nearly endless list of musicians and groups, including The Rolling Stones, U2, Chris Rea, Sade, A-ha, Status Quo, Jeff Beck, Elton John, Tina Turner, David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey and many more.

The band will perform songs from David Knopfler’s solo albums as well as classic material from the early years of Dire Straits. Sounds reminiscent of early Dire Straits will be brought back to the stage, such as “Wild West End” and “Where Do You Think You’re Going” in combination with a collection of David’s contemporary works in a more dramatic, rock format. Other rare songs, performed by Dire Straits but never recorded on official studio albums, will be highlighted, including “What’s the Matter Baby” and “Bernadette”.


Radio listeners and fans of British rock history will appreciate this never before seen, unique combination of musicians playing together live. The musical sounds of David Knopfler and early Dire Straits will be highlighted in this anniversary tour.


David Knopfler - Vocals / Guitar / Piano

(founder of Dire Straits)


Alan Clark - Keyboards

(Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton)


Harry Bogdanovs - Guitar / Piano / Backing Vocals

(John Farnham, Westernhagen, The Shadows and Elton John)


Bub Roberts - Lead Guitar

(Many of David's albums and a plethora of other works)

Pete Shaw - Bass Guitar

(Chris Rea, Mary Black)


Martin Ditcham - Drums / Backing Vocals

(Chris Rea, Marius Müller Westerhagen, Sade, Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Jeff Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Tina Turner, A-ha, Brain May, Roger Daltrey, Grönemeyer, Nina Hagen, Status Quo Acoustic, …)