Mark Knopfler says he has some regrets about not attending this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in which Dire Straits got in:
"Actually at the time, to tell you the truth, I was trying to finish this record [Down the Road Wherever] on the one hand, and trying to finish a musical of Local Hero. And sometimes when you're in a studio, you know, you can't just break up and, you know, fly to the States and go and stay in hotels and start going backwards and forwards with all of those things. It was kind of tricky."
And, it turns out that Mark's brother David, who was also in the Dire Straits lineup that was inducted, wasn't the only Knopfler who got a little fed up with the Hall's behind-the-scenes dealings.
Mark said, "They hadn't made my manager very happy because I think he felt that he was being told by them exactly what was gonna happen -- you know, the way it was gonna happen. 'And then you're gonna go here, you're gonna go there. Then you're gonna have to go and talk to the press in this room here for this and that and the other.' And it was kind of 'this is what you're doing,' which actually we really don't relate to that kind of approach."
So, with all that, Mark was asked where he displays the statuette that all the inductees receive.
"I don't think it's turned up yet. You know I haven't seen it but I'm looking forward to seeing it."
But despite all this, and that all the other members of Dire Straits received their statuettes, he says it's a "lovely recognition" and a "beautiful thing, especially for the fans."
Knopfler just released a new album, Down the Road Wherever.