What do you get when you put together four members of Dire Straits, a Buggle, and a Heartbreaker? You get Dire Straits Legacy (DSL). DSL is made up of Dire Strait’s original keyboardist Alan Clark, Dire Straits guitarist Phil Palmer and percussionist Danny Cummings who both recorded and toured with DS for On Every Street, saxophonist Mel Collins who played and toured with DS on Love Over Gold, drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/ Eric Clapton), bassist vocalist Trevor Horn (The Buggles/Yes). Also on keyboards is Primiano Dibiase. Leading the group is Guitarist/Vocalist Marco Caviglia (DSLegends). DSL played the first night of their tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA on September 26th. DSL played all the Straits hits most of which were on Brothers In Arms like “So Far Way,” the album’s title track, “Money for Nothing,” and “Walk of Life.”
DSL’s 2+ hour show included classic Straits songs as well as two songs off DSL’s album 3 Chord Trick. Seeing that Dire Straits will most likely never have a full reunion, this is the show to see if you want to hear the classic Dire Straits sound. DSL also threw in YES’s “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” with Horn singing lead vocals. Caviglia sounds just like Knopfler on both vocals and guitar. Seeing Clark play all the hits he recorded with DS was very special.
In Dire Straits 18 years together, they had accomplished many things from having the 5th best selling album in the U.K. (Brothers in Arms), four Grammys, three Brit awards, and two MTV VMAs among several other honors. Most recently, Dire Straits was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, however, guitarist/singer Mark Knopfler did not attend.