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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Dire Straits is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

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‘The Honky Tonk Demos’ released

Limited to 1000 copies, four songs from the band’s first demo are released as The Honky Tonk Demos for Record Store Day 2015.

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PRS for Music Plaque

Mark Knopfler and John Illsley attend the unveiling of a PRS for Music Heritage Plaque by Ellis Rich, PRS Chairman. The special plaque is mounted outside the ground floor of Farrer House on Church Street in Deptford, UK, where Dire Straits began rehearsing in 1977 and where the band later played their first gig.

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‘Private Investigations’ is released

Private Investigations: The Best Of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler is released.

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Mark Knopfler and Friends

Under the name ‘Mark Knopfler and Friends’, Dire Straits performs three gigs at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, and one at Beaulieu Castle. The shows consisted of a set by The Notting Hillbillies, followed by Dire Straits playing the second hour.

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‘Sultans Of Swing: The Very Best Of Dire Straits’ is released

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‘Live At The BBC’ released

Live At The BBC, a collection of BBC recordings dating 78-80, is released.

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‘Encores’ EP released

Encores, a companion EP to On The Night, containing four more tracks recorded during the On Every Street tour, is released.

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‘On Every Street’ released

Dire Straits’ sixth and final studio album, On Every Street, is released. Including the singles ‘Calling Elvis’, ‘Heavy Fuel’ and the title track; the album tops the charts throughout Europe and reaches #12 in the US.

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‘On Every Street’ Tour

The On Every Street tour begins with a five-night stand at the Point Depot in Dublin, Ireland. Continuing for more than a year, the tour will finally wrap up in Zaragoza, Spain after 229 shows in 19 countries.

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