Mark Knopfler to Skip Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland will be missing two inductees: Mark and Dave Knopfler, who will not perform.
Instead, keyboard player Alan Clark and bandmates Guy Fletcher and John Illsley will hit the stage for “an unplugged version of Telegraph Road,” he shared on his website.
“There’s a lot of conjecture on forums about whether the band is performing at the Hall of Fame, and if not why not and who in the band are going to the ceremony,” Clark writes on his website. “Well, here it is and it’s official: Myself, Guy Fletcher and John Illsley will attend the ceremony, where we’ll be be performing an unplugged version of ‘Telegraph Road’ with me on harmonium, Guy on ukulele, John on banjo, and the vocal performed by the three of us as a three part harmony.”
David pulled out of the ceremony due to financial issues, blasting the Hall on his Facebook page.
“In their wisdom, after promising to pay my expenses they reneged on their promise,” he wrote. “I can well understand that with only $5 mil (million) a year in sponsorships and 100k ($100,000) a table and no fees for the artist that paying my taxi to the airport must have given them heart murmurs…”
Dire Straits will be inducted April 14 along with Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Ann Wilson is inducting the Moody Blues, and Howard Stern will induct Bon Jovi. Brandon Flowers of The Killers will induct The Cars, Andra Day will honor Simone, and Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes will induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe.