Dire Straits’ Alan Clark Recalls Tina Turner’s Irrefutable Offer

In a recent sit down with ‘Paltrocast’ Dire Straits’ Alan Clark talked about the offers he received from Tina Turner and Eric Clapton back in the day. Clark shared how he couldn’t say no to the musicians by explaining:

“When Eric Clapton asks you to join his band you don’t say no. It took me about four seconds to say yes. I must admit I did during those four seconds I did think, ‘Yeah maybe after this…’ You know, but it was four seconds. Of course, I mean playing with Eric was a joy an absolute joy, and Tina [Turner].”

He went on to share how he got the chance to work with Tina:

“Tina asked me, I couldn’t say no you know so I joined Tina for a short while. She made me her musical director. I said, ‘Well I can’t tour with you, but I can help you.’ I mean I did a tour with her and then she asked me to MD. So I said, ‘Well I’ll do that but I’ll do it on a consultancy basis, help you get the band together.’ Which is what I did.”

Alan continued:

“I’d fly across to L.A. and spend three weeks there rehearsing with the band and say goodbye and then occasionally I might have to go out on the road to fill in for a keyboard player or whatever that happened about twice I think. But yeah you know there are some things you can’t say no to really.”

Alan had shared on his YouTube channel in 2021 how he worked on the track ‘Private Dancer’ with Turner and how he also joined the tour. He recalled:

“Tina was about to go on a tour supporting Lionel Richie in the states…I was on a break from Dire Straits so I thought ‘Yeah, I’ll do that’ because I’ve been a big fan of Tina ever since I’ve heard ‘River Deep Mountain High.’ So I ended up touring with Tina on a six-week tour.”

You can watch Alan Clark’s interview with ‘Paltrocast’ and his video on YouTube speaking about ‘Private Dancer’ below.