Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photographs by Kathy Conway
Dire Straits made a stop at Rensselaer’s now long-defunct Hulla-Baloo back on February 28, 1979 on their first U.S. tour in support of their self-titled debut album. And an awful lot has happened since then…
The band became one of the world’s most successful bands with 1985’s Brothers in Arms (which became the first compact disc to sell a million copies). They broke up in 1988, re-formed in 1991 and then broke up once again in 1995.
Yes, Dire Straits was a band, but it was always obvious that Mark Knopfler carried way more of the creative load than all the other members. He was an ace narrative songwriter, a vocalist with an admitted limited range who nonetheless always managed to suck you right into the song and simply one of the most distinctive, instantly recognizable guitarists of the rock era.
And, as he proved at the Palace Theatre last weekend, he’s still all of those things. He is not, however, a very dynamic performer on stage. But needless to say, that didn’t matter much to the sold-out crowd.