Rock and Roll bassist and founding member of Dire Straits John Illsley has announced a 12-date tour of Spain in October John and his band that includes special guest guitarists Robbie McIntosh formerly of The Pretenders, he is also known for his works with Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Tom Jones.
John’s band members also come with a wealth of talent and experience having worked with some music greats, such as Robert Plant, Pete Townsend and Steve Harley along with Nik Kershaw and Take That’s Mark Owen.
As one of the founding members, with guitarist brothers Mark and David Knopfler, and drummer Pick Withers, Illsley played a major role in developing the Dire Straits’ sound. By the time the group disbanded in 1995 changes in personnel meant that Illsley and lead singer Mark Knopfler were the only two original band members remaining. Illsley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018. Illsley has had a remarkable musical journey since 1977, selling over 120 million albums and picking up a few Grammy’s on the way as well as an Ivor Novello award in 1988 for “Outstanding contribution to British Music”
The show will feature all the well-known hits from Dire Straits such as:
Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Private Investigations, Latest Trick, Calling Elvis, On Every Street, Telegraph Road and Brothers in Arms plus many more & songs from John’s latest album “Long Shadows” which was released in May last year.
John Illsley says, “The new songs fit very comfortably next to the Dire Straits classics which I still love to play, and it seems people love to hear.”