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Mark Knopfler Requests Bob Dylan or Eric Clapton To Induct Dire Straits

Dire Staits Frontman Will Not Be At Ceremony

April 2, 2018

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler says he'd like one of two rock legends to induct his band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the ceremony in Cleveland on April 14th, Bob Dylan or Eric Clapton, two artists with whom he's collaborated.

"I've had the pleasure of working with so many people," says the 68-year-old singer and guitarist. "(I've) done a lot of different odds and ends with Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton."

Knopfler played on Dylan's 1979 "Slow Train Coming" along with original Dire Straits drummer Pick Withers and Knopfler also played on and produced Dylan's 1983 "Infidels."

Knopfler also played with Clapton numerous times, including a stint in the late-'80s with Clapton's touring band.

Knopfler says he doesn't plan to attend the ceremony, so it's doubtful Clapton would do the honors and Dylan is on tour in Europe through the end of April.

The Rock Hall could turn to acts influenced by Dire Straits like Dave Matthews, The Wallflowers or Counting Crows or even Sting, who sang on Dire Straits only number one hit, 1985's "Money for Nothing."

Meanwhile, despite the fact neither Mark nor his brother Dave Knopfler will be in Cleveland for the induction, three members of the group -- bassist John Illsley and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher -- will be in town and will be performing at least one Dire Straits song at the ceremony.