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Dire Straits to Play Rock Hall Induction Without Mark Knopfler

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  1. Big Ears

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    Perhaps for part of the journey, although my guess is that he does not live in the UK. In any case, I meant it figuratively.
     
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    Musicians Refused to Induct Dire Straits Into the Rock Hall Because Mark Knopfler Didn’t Come

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    Keyboard player Alan Clark did not notice David Knopfler's absence:

    "The final Straitsman who attended the ceremony, keyboardist Alan Clark, is a bit more laid-back about the whole situation. “A great time was had by all. Except Mark who, as you’re probably aware, stayed at home,” he wrote on his blog."

    I haven't seen mention of their best musician, Terry Williams, in the context of the induction.
     
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    It's just ridiculous. The same, as if it was Sabbath without Iommi or Zeppelin without Page... Or The Stones without Jagger.
     
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    I think Mark Knopfler does live in the UK; there's no reports of him having relocated to the US or anywhere else. I know he is a big supporter of his football club Newcastle United F.C. I doubt if he'd be that fussed about traveling from somewhere in the US to Ohio, but apparently the trans-Atlantic travel arrangements were promised to him and then the RnR Hall people reneged on the deal.
     
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    ^ None of the big earners live in the UK, because of the tax laws. He may have a home(s) here, in bricks and mortar, and may be here for a few weeks of the year, but that's all.

    From the government tax office (which is reliable). Notice the 'UK residence and tax' and 'Work out your residence status' paragraphs: https://www.gov.uk/tax-foreign-income/residence

    On the above page, a link takes you to the non-domiciled page: https://www.gov.uk/tax-foreign-income/non-domiciled-residents

    Tyneside and the north-east is traditionally an area of poverty and Knopfler was living in southern England before Dire Straits broke through. I think he was briefly in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, with a band called Brewer's Droop.
     
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