Chatting with rock legend John Illsley of Dire Straits

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By José Oliveira, Rock At Night Columnist

Bassist John Illsley was the rhythmic pillar of Dire Straits! He traveled the world several times and has lived unforgettable moments. Now, Illsley gets his kicks by playing in small rooms or clubs with The John Illsley Band.  When he isn’t touring Europe with the band, you can probably catch him visiting art museums or perhaps painting–or at a renowned UK pub he owns.

After a great concert at Jazzhaus in Freiburg, Germany, Rock At Night was invited to go the next day to Prattein, Switzerland and have a private chat.  It was a great honour to speak with this great British rock legend!

dire+straits+John+Illsley+AlbumOn May 20, 2016, Illsley will be releasing his album Long Shadows.

During the interview John Illsley discussed the meaning behind the title of his new album Long Shadows; the music industry today and the new generation; his solo work as well as Dire Straits; his paintings and love of art museums; and even some politics! This is a must listen!


The John Illsley Band:

JOHN ILLSLEY – Bass, Vocals
STEVE SMITH – Keyboards

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