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The Notting Hillbillies

September 14, 2020

Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher join Steve Phillips and Brendan Croker to form The Notting Hillbillies. The band releases one album, Missing…Presumed Having a Good Time, and embarks on several UK tours throughout the 1990s.

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Gala for Joanne Gillespie

September 14, 2020

Dire Straits make a surprise appearance at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle for a charity gala concert in honour of 11-year-old Joanne Gillespie – the National Children of Courage and North East Personality award winner who published the 1989 book Brave Heart about her fight against cancer. The concert raised more than £35,000.

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Live Aid

September 14, 2020

Dire Straits perform an afternoon set at Wembley Stadium as part of the historic Live Aid benefit concert, which is seen by a global television audience of nearly 2 million people. Sting guests on ‘Money For Nothing’. The band plays their own headlining show at Wembley Arena the same night.

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Wembley Arena residency

September 14, 2020

Dire Straits play 14 concerts in a row at the iconic Wembley Arena, beginning July 4th with the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala performance; featuring special guests Sting, Pete Townshend, Hank Marvin, Francis Rossi, T-Bone Burnett, Nils Lofgren, Paul Brady and Dave Edmunds.

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‘Brothers In Arms’ is released

September 14, 2020

Brothers In Arms is released. Produced by Mark Knopfler and Neil Dorfsman, the album features the hit singles ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Walk Of Life’, and ‘So Far Away’. The record-breaking album goes to #1 in a dozen countries, winning the Brit for Best British Album and Grammys for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group (for ‘Money For Nothing’), Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical, and Best Music Video, eventually selling more than 30 million copies worldwide.

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‘Brothers In Arms’ Tour

September 14, 2020

The marathon tour in support of Brothers In Arms begins in Yugoslavia. The tour lasts a full year, encompassing 248 shows in 23 countries, including a remarkable 14 consecutive nights at Wembley Arena.

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Recording ‘Brothers In Arms’ begins

September 14, 2020

Work begins on Brothers In Arms, recording at AIR Studios on the island of Montserrat. Hal Lindes leaves the band, these sessions were the first to include new members Guy Fletcher and Jack Sonni.

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