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September 18, 2019
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“The Sultans of Swing” bring British rock magic to Romania

The Dire Straits, a band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, are immortal, and the songs that made them famous throughout the world endure today too, just as alive and full of passion. This was proven by the Dire Straits Experience musicians led by exceptional saxophonist Chris White, Mark Knopfler colleague in 1985-1995. Alongside Christ Whitten, who played the drums in the previous Dire Straits tournament, Paddy Milner, Terence Reise, Tim Walters and Michael Feat, taking through the world the magic of British rock two decades after the famous band fell apart, and giving Romanians the chance to listen live to the hits that marked their childhood and youth, such as “Sultans of Swing,” “Walk of Life,” Your Latest Trick,” “Brothers in Arms,” “Private Investigations,” “Romeo and Juliet,” Tunnel of Love” and, of course, “Money for Nothing.”

On Saturday, March 20, the ‘Capitol’ Hall at the Philharmonic in Timisoara was packed full. Chris Whitten and the other excellent musicians who are part of The Dire Straits Experience gave the people of Timisoara an unforgettable evening with their two-hour concert. The same thing repeated the following day at Bucharest’s Palace Hall, where the audience gave a very warm welcome to the seven members of the band, who are part of the music industry elite given their individual collaborations with artists such as Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and David Gilmour. Throughout the show, organized by Phoenix Entertainment, the fans gave standing ovations and danced along, thrilling the musicians who sang with remarkable eagerness. Worth noting was the performance of Chris White, upon whom most of the fans of the brilliant Knopfler had looked with scepticism. However, from the first songs he demonstrated he is an extraordinary guitarist and an extremely charismatic soloist who knows how to win over the audience. His voice, carefully selected to match Mark Knopfler’s, marvellously fitted with the songs written 20-30 years ago.

“We want to thank a genius of music, Mark Knopfler, who wrote all the wonderful songs we sang this evening,” the artists said at the end, and the public’s enthusiasm was also rewarded with a promise: “We will come back, we promise you.”

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