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Mark Knopfler Fighting London Rail Plans


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The veteran rocker has become the latest star to back the No Crossrail in Chelsea campaign, which aims to stop local authorities building a new train station on the famous King's Road.

The plans, which are part of the city-wide Crossrail initiative, have sparked a major backlash and a petition to stop the Chelsea station has garnered more than 6,000 signatures.

Knopfler tells the London Evening Standard that he is "vehemently" opposed to the proposals, and he wants London officials to focus on other areas which could benefit from a new train station.

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Former Dire Straits Keyboardist Launches New Band The Straits


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Former Dire Straits rocker Alan Clark has joined forces with the band's one-time tour saxophonist to launch a new group called The Straits.

British keyboardist Clark joined the Money For Nothing hitmakers in 1980 and remained a key member until frontman Mark Knopfler announced the band's split in 1995, and now he has called on fellow musician Chris White, who performed on the road with Dire Straits from 1985 to 1995, to play a series of live shows with him later this year (14).

Clark reveals the idea for the mini-reunion has been two years in the making as the two musicians first discussed their plans while in Rome, Italy.

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Dire Straits Star Opens Up About Hearing Loss


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Dire Straits rocker John Illsley has opened up about his hearing loss, revealing he struggles to dine out in restaurants playing music these days.

The bass player admits he can no longer listen to loud music and much of what he once enjoyed is now little more than a noise - and he's urging music industry boffins to look at the apparent rise in hearing troubles among people of his generation and younger, and turn the volume down.

Illsley, 64, tells the Bbc, "My son went to a club in London about seven or eight years ago and he had tinnitus for three years after it.

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The Straits Return To Deptford For Albany Show On March 9th 2013

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The Straits Return To Deptford For Albany Show On March 9th 2013

GuilFest 2012 At Stoke Park - Day 1

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Adele Wins Two Ivor Novello Awards


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Adele picked up two prizes at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards today (17.05.12).

The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker - who was nominated in four categories - was honoured with the accolades for PRS for Music Most Performed Work and Songwriter of the Year, which was presented to her by Annie Lennox.

Speaking as she accepted the award for Most Performed Work for 'Rolling In The Deep' with co-writer Paul Epworth at the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Adele admitted: ''No offence Paul, I didn't think it was going to do anything, anywhere!''

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The Darkness Finishing Comeback Record


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The Darkness have "nearly finished" their comeback album.

The 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' rockers reformed with their original line up earlier this year, and have been putting together the follow up to 2005's 'One Way Ticket To Hell. And Back', which they are aiming to release in March.

Singer Justin Hawkins told Billboard.com: "We've got nine of the required songs done, all finished, all sounding shining and good. We've got about two weeks of recording in January, and bits of it are already going off to be mixed even as we speak, so it's kind of nearly finished now."

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Joseph Gordon-levitt's 50/50 Comfort


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt only felt comfortable on '50/50' four days into filming.

The actor was a last minute replacement for James McAvoy on the comedy drama, and although he never felt pressure to put on a similar to performance to the Scottish star - who had worked on it for four days - he did want to make sure he beat his time on set.

He said: "A movie takes such a long time to put together and plan, and once it's in production, if something like that happens, it's a nightmare. Seth Rogen called me in Dire Straits and asked if I would look at The Script, and I was a fan of his so I did.

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Dire Straits Ban Lifted In Canada


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A bizarre radio ban on Dire Straits' Money For Nothing hit has been lifted in Canada.

The 1985 track was pulled from stations earlier this year (11) following complaints over the use of the word 'faggot' in the lyrics, and radio bosses were told they had to play an edited version of the tune.

Canadian Broadcast Standards Council bosses argued that societal values had "shifted" since the track first hit airwaves 26 years ago.

Dire Straits keyboard player Guy Fletcher called the ban "hilarious" and "unbelievable" and now the Cbsc officials have decided the boycott was a fuss over nothing and they have given radio programmers the OK to play the original track.

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Adele Scores 10th Week At The Top In The U.k.


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Adele has become the first act to land 10 weeks at the top of the U.K. album charts since Dire Straits in 1986.

The singer's second album, 21, landed its biggest sales week to date - thanks mainly to pre-Mother's Day sales in Britain - to score the feat.

Meanwhile, her first album, 19, is at two on the new countdown.

Adele fell short of landing chart-toppers in both the singles and album charts - Jennifer Lopez's collaboration with rapper Pitbull, On The Floor, has shot to top of the charts, relegating the Brit's Someone Like You to number two.

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Knopfler 'Blocking Dire Straits Reunion'


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Dire Straits star JOHN ILLSLEY desperately wants former bandmate Mark Knopfler to agree to reforming the group - because he'd "love to do" a comeback tour.


The bassist is keen to join forces with Knopfler and treat fans to a string of reunion shows - but is struggling to convince the guitarist, who is currently concentrating on solo projects.


The Sultans of Swing rockers disbanded in 1995, and Knopfler has often commented on his reluctance to reform the group - insisting he doesn't need the money and isn't even a fan of Dire Straits' early hits.


Illsley, who is set to release his first solo album in more than 20 years later this month (Oct08), is adamant the reformation is a good idea - but admits it's eventually "entirely up to Mark".

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