Good ol' nostalgia or yet another tribute sans a critical artist?

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From Celebrating David Bowie to Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening and beyond, the music of your favorite lost or disbanded rock groups continues to be presented onstage—often performed by former band members—as part of the fairly recent trend of recreating classic music for today's audiences. 

The latest announcement of a music-minus-seminal-masterminds tour comes from Dire Straits Legacy (DSL), which is bringing the sounds of recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Dire Straits to the USA this September and October.  

Performed by former Dire Straits members Phil Palmer (guitar), Alan Clark (keyboards), Mel Collins (saxophone), and Danny Cummings, DSL also includes Steve Ferrone (drums), Trevor Horn (bass), Marco Caviglia (vocals/guitar), and Primiano DiBiase (keyboards).

“The DSL Dire Straits Legacy project was born from our love and respect for the music of Dire Straits, and to bring the music to fans who have been starved of hearing it played live by the musicians who made it, for far too long," said Clark and Palmer in a joint statement. 

Although the "Knopfler Factor" is being presented by players who are not Mark Knopler, DSL sounds like a fun and accurate representation of some fabulous music. Check out this recent video (although Horn isn't in this one)...

Here's the original promo video...

If you want to relive a classic Dire Straits concert live onstage, here are the USA tour dates:

SEPTEMBER 26 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

SEPT 28 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center

SEPT 29 St. Charles, MO Family Arena

OCTOBER 2 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre

OCT 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse

OCT 5 St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater

OCT 6 Westbury, NY NYCB Theater At Westbury