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John Illsley: 'Mark Knopfler Is Preventing Dire Straits Reunion'

October 7, 2008
John Illsley: 'Mark Knopfler Is Preventing Dire Straits Reunion'Dire Straits bassist John Illsley has revealed that bandmate Mark Knopfler is the only thing preventing the band from reforming.

Illsley told the BBC the pair had discussed the idea “from time to time” but that Knopfler was more interested in his solo career.

Dire Straits, who split in the early 90s, were one of the 80s' biggest acts, releasing hits including 'Money For Nothing' and 'Sultans of Swing'.

Discussing his conversations wtih Knopfler, Illsley said: "He says 'Oh, I don't know whether to start getting all that stuff back together again.'

"Mark and I were the only two left in '93, so it's really up to him and I if it happens at all."

Despite Knopfler's hesitation, Illsley said he would “love to” reform. "I'm very open to doing whatever's suggested," he said.

“I think we've definitely got one more tour left in us, and probably another record too."

(by Jason Gregory)

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