‘On The Night’: Dire Straits Take A Final Bow With 1993 Live Album

On May 22, 1993, the band entered the UK bestsellers with a new album for the final time.

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Dire Straits 'On The Night' artwork - Courtesy: UMG
Dire Straits 'On The Night' artwork - Courtesy: UMG

We didn’t know it then, but May 22, 1993 was the date on which Dire Straits entered the UK chart with a new album for the last time. The live record in question, On The Night, was a memento of the massive, 216-date tour of 1991-92 in support of what turned out to be their last studio release, On Every Street.

The tour had started in Dublin in August of 1991, at the beginning of an initial European leg that ran into mid-October. So huge was the itinerary that it saw Dire Straits return to Europe for an immense second schedule, from the spring of 1992 until the tour’s conclusion in October. In between times, they played extensive runs in Australia and New Zealand, and then in North America.

On The Night was comprised of two engagements, one from each of the European legs. The first was the three-night stint at the Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam, Holland, and the second a trio of shows at Les Arènes in Nimes, France.

Arriving nine years after their first live album Alchemy, the new disc reflected Dire Straits’ elevation in the interim to arena and stadium rock royalty – much as Mark Knopfler was, by now, disillusioned with the expectations of relentless gigging on such an immense scale.

A ‘Brothers In Arms’ quartet

On The Night featured two of the songs that had been part of their emergence, and of the Alchemy set, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Private Investigations.” It also offered live versions of no fewer than four pieces from the multi-million selling Brothers In Arms album. A quartet of songs from On Every Street featured, including the singles “Calling Elvis” and “Heavy Fuel.”

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The album entered the UK chart at its peak position of No.4. A surprisingly short run featured only one further week in the Top 20 and five in total in the Top 40. Its US run, which began a week later, was also restricted to five weeks, and a No.116 peak. But On The Night reached the Top 5 in Switzerland and New Zealand and went to No.1 in one of the countries in which it was recorded, Holland.

Buy or stream On The Night.



  1. Mikhail

    May 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Best live album ever!

  2. Claudi

    May 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    I cannot find words about this.It makes me cry. Every street and always Romeo and Juliet… is mine.

  3. Claudi

    May 23, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I cannot find words about this. It makes me cry. Every street and Romeo and Juliet are mine.

  4. Ton van Wijngaarden

    September 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    The Dutch concerts were not at Ahoy but in “De Kuip” football stadium of Feyenoord.
    I still have my ticket.

  5. Dene

    February 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    This has to be their best album and one of the best ever.
    I have listened to it probably 50 times and will never get tired of it.
    Pure brilliance, every lyric and every note!

  6. Toph

    February 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    For every road trip I take, On Every Street is required listening. All tracks are great.

  7. Andrew

    May 22, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Can we have a vinyl release please

  8. JulesRules

    February 25, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I like this album but it could’ve been better as a double. Lots of songs are still missing in action (at least The Bug, Solid Rock and the Wild Theme appeared on an EP but that was never remastered) while Romeo and Juliet & Private Investigations are much worse compared to the Alchemy versions – I’d much rather have wanted e.g. Planet of New Orleans, So Far Away or Fade to Black instead.

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