Dire Straits on stage in 1980. Photograph: Tom Hill/WireImage
The official Dire Straits YouTube channel has revealed a clip from the band’s efficiency on the Rockpop In Live performance present in Germany on December 19, 1980, in footage licensed from ZDF Enterprises.
Because the group’s profile on the world stage grew exponentially that yr, the near-12 minute video (shared on YouTube final Friday, 20) reveals them at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, performing each “Down To The Waterline” and “Lions.” These have been the opening and shutting tracks respectively on their self-titled debut album, launched some two and a half years earlier.
As in lots of different nations, Dire Straits have been already a giant attraction in Germany, the place that album’s lengthy shelf life gave it a No.3 peak, after a modest No.48 begin. By 2020, Dire Straits had spent a complete of 85 weeks on the German chart and is licensed platinum there, as in a lot of Europe, with a succession of High 5 peaks. It reached No.2 within the US within the spring of 1979, their second-highest peak behind 1985’s mighty Brothers In Arms.
The band’s sophomore album Communiqué had gone to No.1 in Germany and so they have been touring their third, Making Films, on the time of the Rockpop In Live performance efficiency. That On Location tour, which unfold into 1981, had began with an unlimited run of reveals in North America from early October to late November.
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That leg of the tour had embraced two dates on the Roxy in Hollywood and one other at New York’s Beacon Theater, earlier than a UK leg together with an preliminary evening at London’s Rainbow and a efficiency for the BBC’s flagship rock present The Outdated Gray Whistle Take a look at, earlier than three extra Rainbow live shows simply forward of the vacations, together with one on Christmas Eve. The Dortmund present opened with “As soon as Upon A Time In The West,” from Communiqué, additionally that includes the brand new Making Films album’s “Stable Rock.”
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