Sultans of Swing - Tribute to Dire Straits (Rockwood Theatre)
For the past ten years, multi-talented musician and master guitarist Mel Botes, has tantalized audiences all over the country with his critically acclaimed musical performance, Crazy Diamond - A Tribute to Pink Floyd. Audiences and critics agreed that he mastered the complexity and density of the Floyd in a way that none of the other tribute shows have achieved. He then followed this with David’s Confession - About Time, Chapter II an original composition of his own, featuring various other acclaimed musicians with him. Now, by popular demand, he is presenting a next chapter in his remarkable series of stage productions with the long awaited “Sultans of Swing - A Tribute to Dire Straits”. Featuring the same pin point accuracy in his playing, the same acclaimed band and the same delightful Botes touch, this show promises everything audiences have come to expect from the virtuoso.
Like in the case of his previous shows, this show features an overview of the complete anthology of the band and its enigmatic front man, Mark Knopfler. The title is derived from their definitive song with the same name, which has of course become a standard in serious guitar playing repertoire.
The well known Dire Straits songs include “Money for nothing”; “Walk of life”; “Calling Elvis”; “Telegraph Road”; “Private investigations”; “Romeo and Juliet” and the hauntingly beautiful “Brothers in arms” to name but a few. This list of box office hits is augmented by a selection of other stunning Dire Straits songs that include the popular “The man’s too strong”. Add to this some of Knopfler’s best solo tunes including “Darling pretty” and “Sands of Nevada”.
The show follows the careers of Knopfler and the band and portrays it in an original and entertaining way to the backdrop of visual material and the spectacular use of lights on stage.