There are many memorable moments in the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, but this 2018 ceremony is unique for its focus on what was. Didn’t happen. Dire Straits were finally inducted that year. However, Mark Knopfler, the guitarist virtuoso and frontman of Dire Straits, refused to attend. Also none of their songs were performed at the concert. It was even more bizarre that John Illsley, bassist, delivered the induction speech. He became the first person inductee himself. It was incredible! “odd,”Illsley said so in a new interview. Ultimate Classic RockThis week.
Illsley, when asked how the ceremony was for him three years later, said that it was “interesting.”Knopfler was not there, but Illsley knew Illsley had to acknowledge his absence. Dire Straits’ induction. Six musicians who were part of the band over its history were inducted. However, only Illsley and keyboardists Alan Clark (and Guy Fletcher) were inducted. It was a great success!. Illsley was not present as drummer Pick Withers or Knopfler’s brother David Knofler (rhythm guitarist) also missed the ceremony.
“To me, it was sort of a prestigious thing to be offered to the band, no matter what you think about it. It’s a recognition of something and fairly important. I didn’t want to let that go. I wanted to celebrate it in a way as best we could under the circumstances,” Illsley told UCR. “But it was a little odd, having to induct one’s self into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’m not sure whether that had ever been done before.”
Clark and Illsley were willing to perform at most a portion of the work. “Sultans of Swing,”However, that didn’t happen. There was no all-star jam like “The iconic performance of”While my Guitar Gently Weeps” was created at the 2004 ceremony. “I would have been very happy to do that. But it became sort of a political football, and I didn’t really want to kick it around too much. I just thought, ‘How can we actually retain some sense of calm and civility in the situation without trying to do something?’ I would have loved to have played,” Illsley said. Illsley was released after the event was concluded. “relieved”And went to New York. “recover for a few days,”He stated.
Knopfler is still good friends with Illsley. Illsley’s memoir was foreworded by the guitarist. My Life in Dire Straits – The Inside Story of One the Most Famous Rock Bands of All TimeThe album will be released on November 9. Dire Straits was founded in 1977, and their first major hit with “Sultans of Swing”In 1978. Before Knopfler’s 1995 dissolution of the band, they only released six studio albums. Their other hits include “Romeo and Juliet,” “Private Investigations,” “Twisting by the Pool,” “Money for Nothing,”And “Walk of Life.”Their 1986 album Brothers in ArmsIt was the first album to be sold 1 million copies.