Dire Straits – Live USA (1985)

FrontCover1.jpgThe 1985–1986 Brothers in Arms world tour which followed the album’s release was phenomenally successful, with over 2.5 million tickets sold. The tour included dates in Europe, Israel, North America, and Australia and New Zealand. The band played 248 shows in over 100 different cities.[48] Saxophonist Chris White joined the band, and the tour began on 25 April 1985 in Split, Croatia (then part of Yugoslavia). While playing a 13-night residency at Wembley Arena in London, the band moved down the road to Wembley Stadium on the afternoon of 13 July 1985, to appear in a Live Aid slot,[49] in which their set included “Money For Nothing” with Sting as guest vocalist. The tour ended at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia on 26 April 1986, where Dire Straits still holds the record for consecutive appearances at 21 nights.[50] The band also made an impromptu attempt at the Australian folk song “Waltzing Matilda”. With 900,000 tickets sold in Australia and New Zealand it was the biggest concert tour in Australasian music history, until it was overtaken in 2017–2018 by Ed Sheeran.
Dire Straits performed at Live Aid at the old Wembley Stadium (exterior pictured) on 13 July 1985 in between 13 dates at the nearby Wembley Arena

Additionally in 1985, a group set out from London to Khartoum to raise money for famine relief led by John Abbey, was called “The Walk of Life”. Dire Straits donated the Brothers in Arms Gold disc to the participants in recognition of what they were doing. The band’s concert of 10 July 1985 at Wembley Arena, in which they were accompanied by Nils Lofgren for “Solid Rock” and Hank Marvin joined the band at the end to play “Going Home” (the theme from Local Hero), was televised in the United Kingdom on The Tube on Channel 4 in January 1986. (Although never officially released, bootleg recordings of the performance entitled Wembley does the Walk (2005) have been circulated.)

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In 1986 Brothers in Arms won two Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever in 2000. The album also ranked number 351 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in 2003.[55] Brothers in Arms is also ranked number 3 in the best albums of 1985 and number 31 in the best albums of the 1980s, and as of December 2017, the album was ranked the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history, and is the 107th-best-selling album in the United States.[56] In August 1986, MTV Europe was launched with Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing”.
After the Brothers in Arms tour ended Mark Knopfler took a break from Dire Straits and during 1987 he concentrated on solo projects and film soundtracks. (by wikipedia)

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On the bootleg album (guess this is a soundboard recording) you can hear, that Mark Kopfler is a little bit tired of playing this Dire Strait stuff.

Neverthless it´s another good live recording by one of the most important band in the early Eighties.

Imtrat was a distribution company for the label brands “Living Legend Records” & “Live & Alive”, based in Landshut, Bavaria. The company exploited loopholes in the European copyright law during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Although their CD issues were mostly fully ‘legal’ they were not usually authorised releases and were produced in bulk for the low-budget Euro market.

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Alan Clark (keyboards)
Guy Fletcher (keyboards)
John Illsley (bass)
Mark Knopfler (guitar, vocals)
Jack Sonni (guitar)
Chris White (saxophone)
Terry Williams (drums)


01. Ride Across The River 10.03
02. One World / Romeo And Juliet (Pt. 1) 14.57
03. Romeo And Juliet (Pt. 1) / Private Investigations 9.38
04. Why Worry 5.13
05.  Walk Of Life 4.20
06. Two Young Lovers 5.09

All songs written by Mark Knopfler



It’s a mystery to me
The game commences
For the usual fee
Plus expenses
Confidential information,
It’s in a diary
This is my investigation,
It’s not a public inquiry

I go checking out the reports
Digging up the dirt
You get to meet all sorts
In this line of work
Treachery and treason,
There’s always an excuse for it
And when I find the reason
I still can’t get used to it

And what have you got at the end of the day?
What have you got to take away?
A bottle of whisky and a new set of lies
Blinds on a window and a pain behind the eyes

Scarred for life
No compensation
Private investigations

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