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With no disrespect to the Traveling Wilburys, but Dire Straits is the best band of all time. After you've watched the YouTube video of them performing a 10-minute cover of "Sultans of Swing" at Wembley Stadium, you'll agree with me that it just doesn't get any better than that.
Nope - sorry. Mark Knopfler is a prodigious talent and Dire Straits is a good band, but it's all about Mark Knopfler. I'd bet you couldn't name one other member of Dire Straits if I asked you right now with no Google. I'd go even further and state that you can probably name all the members of the "Traveling Wilburys" without even straining. So, "Dire Straits" the greatest band of all time? No.
Now "Queen", "KISS", "Fleetwood Mac" - those are great bands of all time because you can name every single member, what they play and probably which song they wrote and performed.
Yes, the composition of Dire Straits changed a lot over the years. Knopfler and bass guitarist John Illsley were the core of the band. But if you think there were lots of changes in Dire Straits over the years, there were even more in Fleetwood Mac, so by your arbitrary standards they are disqualified from your own rankings. Go ahead, stick to your fable.
True, but then again when you think about Fleetwood Mac you're thinking of Mick Fleetwood, the McVie's and Lyndsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
The fact that Peter Green, John Mayall and others were in the band at one time isn't relevant. That's the Fleetwood Mac people remember. Mark Knopfler is about all you can remember about Dire "Straits".