Two years ago, Dire Straits' keyboard player Alan Clark and sax player Chris White were in Rome when they decided to form The Straits. They had the opportunity to play at the Albert Hall and they formed a band around Terence Reis, who would become their new front man.
Guitarist Phil Palmer left the band to tour with George Michael and Adam Phillips replaced him. Steve Ferrone took drums; Steve met Alan when they played with Eric Clapton. Initially, they'd decided to use an ex-Dire lineup but they handpicked a new group. Micky Feat and Jamie Squire were recruited.
After a prolonged standing ovation at the ALbert Hall, the Straits decided to keep going.
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