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.
More top news
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.
A Tyneside food bank has been ranked as the busiest in the UK. The Newcastle West End branch fed almost 22,000 people in six months.
A special tree planting ceremony took place in South Tyneside today (November 25) to acknowledge victims of domestic violence.