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      A Mumbai-based troupe brings the songs of Dire Straits to the city

    Catch the Chennai leg of the Taj Group and Rolling Stone India’s collaborative musical initiative, Revolutions, at the The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway today, in a concert paying tribute to the legendary British rock band, Dire Straits.

    “Preparations are on and we’re real excited,” says Prathamesh Tambe, the Mumbai-based singer-song writer who will be headlining in the city. “I’ve been a Dire Straits fan since I was in the 10th grade. I couldn’t watch them live, but I used to catch them on TV. And they are definitely a reason why I do what I do,” adds Tambe, who has played alongside greats like fusion-guitar legend Ravi Iyer. Accompanying him will be Trosdy Fernandez on bass, Crehyl Pereira on keyboard and Debjyoti Saha on drums, along with guitarist Daniel Rego.

    “We’ve got a good set list put together,” he explains. “We’ve got popular numbers like Money for Nothing, Brothers in Arms and Sultans of Swing, as well as some personal favourites like Down to the Waterline and Once upon a Time.” But, according to him, the coolest thing about Dire Straits is that there is no one component that makes their music great. “It’s not the guitars or the lyrics; the music transcends all that and becomes something else in its own right.” When asked if Friday’s show is going to be about playing covers of oldies-but-goodies, Prathamesh says, “We’re not copying or altering the songs, but we are going to make them a little different—our interpretation.”
    Today, at 7 pm, at the Taj Gateway. Rs750. Details: 66802500

    —Krishna Trilok

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