Dire Straits lead guitarist Mark Knopfler shared a video from the performance in 1988 at London’s Wembley Stadium with influential guitarist Eric Clapton on his official Instagram page which apparently was a very special performance.
Dire Straits was the headline band for the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium and the band was accompanied by great musicians like Elton John and Eric Clapton, who by this time had developed a strong friendship with the lead guitarist Mark Knopfler.
Mark Knopfler recently shared a video clip from the Nelson Mandela tribute concert in which Eric Clapton and Dire Straits were performing the song ‘Sultans of Swing.’ Knopfler also stated that the video was only a part of 11 hours long tribute performance.
Here is what Knopfler said:
“On the 11th June 1988 Dire Straits and Eric Clapton took to the stage at London’s Wembley Stadium to play ‘Sultans Of Swing.’ The performance was part of an 11 hour day-long Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute.”
Fans are thrilled to see two legendary musicians playing together and most of them commented on the post stating that the performance was the best version of the song, ‘Sultans of Swing.’
You can see the Instagram post and the below.