Just love it – all this RRHF talk makes me look back to the originals. Dire Straits before keys, no disrespect Doc. – Rockpalast 1979
Doc, To your knowledge, has Mark's brother David ever recorded or been part of anything at BG?
Dr F, can you shrug off the latest round of delays and deliver us an album of great quality? Give us a sign Dr F!
I am not sure if this is the right place to ask. Could somebody tell me how this RRHF award thing works. I assume it is a USA thing. Firstly is it a televised event live, and also do all inductees feel the need to perform?
Guy, Do you think with all the focus on a new solo album in the making, that MK could do without all this added pressure of reunions and revisiting old band members for an award?
Wanted to also add: This award solely goes to Dire Straits and their music. The fans might have been hoping that Dire Straits would get inducted someday, but it's the band and the great musicians that deserves all the credit. The icing on the cake would be a one-off reunion performance: Hopefully songs such as Sultans of Swing, Tunnel of Love (or Telegraph Road) and Brothers in Arms get played in their entirety. Maybe it is too much to ask – but I'll ask anyway. There might still be one BRAND NEW song left up Dire Straits sleeve to be released as a single before the bands goes separate ways once again. If this happens, I promise to donate to The Doc's favorite charity.
Hearty Congratulations to Dire Straits and their music and Happy Induction!
I remember the nominees were announced on the tragic day of the Las Vegas Massacre and Tom Petty’s death, but at least we can be glad or relieved that Dire Straits and the other bands will be enshrined alongside all other greats of the present and past. Mark will now stand side by side with other guitar geniuses already inducted in the Hall of Fame: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck – this recognition was way overdue. I am hoping that Sting or Peter Gabriel or Bob Dylan will do the honors to welcome Dire Straits into the RRHOF family. Be proud, Doc, Mark, Pick, Alan, John and David. One question I have to ask The Doc: Have you been to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland recently or did you go there way back in the 90s? Please take lots of photos this time around
Hi Guy,just want to let you know that it’s snowing on your website….Take care
Hi Doc, when was your first musical encounter with DS? In other words, when did you first hear of them and what did you think? Thanks and Happy Xmas!
Well, let me be the first to suggest that the RRHF would be a golden opportunity to play “Tunnel of Love.” HA! (sorry) But anyway — Sultans is a given, and I suppose R&J or BiA would be next on the list of possibilities. I’m sure they’d love for you guys to bust out a 13 minute Telegraph Road…
Just adding my congratulations for the Hall of Fame induction. It is well-deserved, though I think it’s fair to say that Dire Straits will always be among the all-time greats, and you don’t necessarily have to be stuffed and put in a museum to prove it! Being such a huge Mark Knopfler fan in general, I love what he did with Dire Straits but I also love the Notting Hillbillies, the work with Chet Atkins, the soundtrack work and, of course, the solo work. To me, it’s all one big body of work and Dire Straits just happens to be the most well-known part. And you’ve played a big role of the vast majority of it. So congratulations to all concerned, and I’m really looking forward to whatever is coming next. Have a great Christmas and New Year.
Dear Guy. the Rock and roll hall of fame is not a prize for us, the fans. The price for fans will be to see you, John, Mark, Alan, David and Pick, or as much of you as possible, together for a one off reunion, to get the induction together and play one or two songs, just once, just for the fans, to give them that price to the fans, to see their favourite band members together just once more. And after, keep moving forward.
Hey was the RRHF apperence the so called secret project you have all been working together for???? only jesting, congratulations Guy. 2018 is already feeling exciting for us fans.
Well, I voted EVERY DAY for DS! So thank you very much Guy, I am honored……oh wait. It is Dire Straits that won this recognition. Just the best damn rock and roll band ever! I will never forget hearing Sultans for the first time. I was like…..who is THAT guitarist! So, anytime I have a friend that asks what I would do first if they ever invented that time machine, my first response in always "Go to a Dire Straits concert!". Most of them look at me like I'm a bit adolescent at the age of 60+, but it's the truth. So, now I may just have a chance to fulfill a dream, as I never got to go when DS was still active. Wow. Just think. A performance by freakin Dire Straits. Just please give us a hint, if there may be a performance by the band, so I can get a ticket to Cleveland!!! Bless you all, have a very Merry Christmas. I just got a great present!
Hi Guy as you said the hall of fame is as much for the fans as the band itself, I just hope Mark does the nice thing of acknowledging the fans by going along and playing at the event. It would be great to see! I see John illsley will def attend and is certainly up for playing
Congratulations, Doc, on the RRHF induction. Long overdue, of course. It wouldn't surprise me if this sign of recognition is the one that means the least to Mark (and maybe yourself?), but I have to say it will be a very touching moment to see the original quartet plus you and Alan together, even if you don't perform. IF you perform, which I truly hope you will, I'd so love to see you do one of the early tunes where John, David and Pick sang backing vocals. I feel a little shiver just by typing this. I know things are … complicated. But I hope everyone is willing to take the high road and make something beautiful of this one-time occasion. All the best.
I think that is how you say, the entrance to the RRHF is more important to us the fans than to you. It fills our hearts with all the recognitions that you receive, they make us really happy. I do not know how it will be in another place in the world, but here in Argentina there are many fans of DS and MK but the specialized press underestimates them, I think it must be for not making songs that are in the top 10 permanently, I do not know, that this recognition they receive, even if it is a little late, is comforting. I still enjoy their beautiful songs and of course waiting for them. Best regards!
Since I totally understand your apparent disinterest in Rock and Roll HoF related questions, let me ask you a simple one : How are you Doc ?
Huge problem solved: I will be giving DS/MK music as holiday presents this year! Congratulations, Mark, Guy and others; we've loved you for decades! SV
One more… so who will/should induct? Bob Dylan?