Unique show for Dire Straits’ John Illsley

The Byrds had it right when they first sang ‘So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star’…who doesn’t after all… But only a few make it to the higher echelons of the business, only a very few make it to the top of their game.

John Illsley

John Illsley is one such artist. He knows all about it. The adoring crowds, the international travel, the first class treatment, the best hotels in the world, the most exotic places in which to record… 

A founder member and the long-time bass player of  Dire Straits, he was a major part of one of the biggest bands of all time. Dire Straits sold well over 100 million albums, spent 1,100 weeks on the UK album charts alone and received countless awards including four Grammies and three Brits as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So John knows exactly what it takes to be starting out, what it’s like when you’ve arrived and what a rollercoaster it all can be.

Now he has decided to share some of that history, a complete treat for anyone remotely interested in music.  (And make no mistake it is history, the absolute stuff of legend!)

In Spring this year John will be interviewed by old friend and Dire Straits co-manager Paul Cummins on a series of selected dates. Not content with just talking about those heady times, however, John will also be playing many Dire Straits’ classics together with three members of his band, on hand for the shows.

Kicking off on March 14th, The Life and Times of Dire Straits runs until March 25th taking in venues across the UK. Tickets are on sale now from venues and all usual tickets outlets starting at £25. 

The show promises to be a fascinating eye-opener with some wonderful music thrown in – an utterly entertaining and unique night out. And to compliment the outing John has been in the studio with producers Guy Fletcher and Steve Smith. A new album “Coming up for Air” has just been completed and is scheduled for release early this year.



Thursday         14th      Teddington                  Landmark Arts Centre            0208 9777558

Friday              15th      Teddington                  Landmark Arts Centre            0208 9777558

Saturday         16th       Pershore                    Number 8 Arts Centre            01386 555488

Sunday           17th       Melksham                  Melksham Assembly Hall       01225 709887

Monday           18th       Newport I.O.W           Medina Theatre                       01983 823884

Tuesday          19th       Wimbourne                Tivoli Theatre                          01202 885566

Wednesday    20th        Monmouth                 Savoy Theatre                        01600 772467

Thursday        21st        Eastleigh                    Concorde Club                        02380 613989

Friday             22nd       East Grinstead           Chequer Mead Theatre          013423 02000

Saturday        23rd        Deal                            The Astor Theatre                   01304 370220

Sunday          24th        Norwich                      The Maddermarket                 01603 620917

Monday         25th        Bury St Edmunds       The Apex                                01284 758000

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