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Dire Straits' first gig
« on: June 06, 2022, 10:49:23 am »
on 26th june I will write a little chronicle about Dire Straits' first gig because the date will celebrate its 45 anniversary

I already have the "strange" picture with "dummies" (or more likely a mistake mixing two photos... :think) and of course the more recent picture with Mark and John at Farrar house for the plate.

But if memory serves, someone posted here the gig poster ? not sure though... :think

in the Oldfield book, it's written that they still were called Cafe racers for this gig and David printed T-shirts. so I am not sure if we ever saw this poster.
maybe it was another one from a gig during summer or fall 77

if someone can remember, thanks in advance  :wave

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2022, 11:16:01 am »
 :thumbsup

There's only a poster of Squeeze.
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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2022, 12:19:51 pm »
Only infos I have are the ones on Jeroen's site :

http://www.oneverybootleg.nl/tourdates_1977_1978.htm

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2022, 12:32:27 pm »
I once wrote to Colin Bodiam asking about the first concert because the date was unclear (in M Oldfield's book it is July)
Here is the answer:

I suspect the flyer date IS correct. Whichever date, there was just the one festival  and, yes, Dire Straits came on around four in the afternoon with Squeeze headlining as the last act of the day around ten that night. Their lighting was provided by. Bikers on their motorbikes!
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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2022, 12:27:49 pm »
I tried to summ up all infos I got from books, internet, forum discussions, etc...


https://textes-blog-rock-n-roll.fr/dire-straits-donnait-son-premier-concert-il-y-a-45-ans/

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2022, 01:08:35 pm »
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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2022, 01:22:39 pm »
was there no picture of David's diary somewhere with the date mentioned in it? Jbaent?
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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2022, 01:32:27 pm »
was there no picture of David's diary somewhere with the date mentioned in it? Jbaent?

if there is one, I would be glad to add it in the article  :)

I just added a video with Mark and John speaking about the gig

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2022, 07:49:42 pm »
I tried to summ up all infos I got from books, internet, forum discussions, etc...


https://textes-blog-rock-n-roll.fr/dire-straits-donnait-son-premier-concert-il-y-a-45-ans/

Again a very interesting article. Thanks, JF. :thumbsup
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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2022, 02:29:32 am »
"The subtleties Wild West End did not reach most viewers, because a strong wind scattered music" M. Oldfield

:)
« Last Edit: June 27, 2022, 02:31:34 am by Robson »
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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2022, 02:34:20 am »
"Et coïncidence énorme, Joop de Korte était roadie pour Squeeze lors de ce concert du 26 juin 1977 ! Bien qu’il dise n’avoir aucun souvenir de la prestation du quatuor cet après-midi-là, il a donc croisé Dire Straits pour leur tout premier concert, avant de les rejoindre quelques années plus tard et de rester dans l’équipe jusqu’à la fin du groupe. Il s’est depuis quelques temps installé dans le pays basque"

Why I didn't know about it :think

Thank you JF.

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2022, 02:45:04 am »
"Sur une des photos, on peut voir l’affiche du concert au Albany Empire qui indique bizarrement le 2 juillet"

The poster informs about the concert on July 2 1978, Albany Empire, Deptford. Inside is Colin Bodiam who I wrote to once :)

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2022, 09:11:22 am »
"Sur une des photos, on peut voir l’affiche du concert au Albany Empire qui indique bizarrement le 2 juillet"

The poster informs about the concert on July 2 1978, Albany Empire, Deptford. Inside is Colin Bodiam who I wrote to once :)

Thanks, I will update the article

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2022, 10:51:48 am »
I updated the article with infos provided by Brunno, Robson and Pottel :

- the telecaster is in open A
- Joop de Korte joined the band in 79
- the gig poster is from july 78
- David Knopfler post a comment yesterday, saying again the date was the 18th

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Re: Dire Straits' first gig
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2022, 11:31:33 am »
David answers this to my question

 

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