Thursday, November 16, 2023


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It’s A Rock And Roll Kinda Weekend With The Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach is welcoming music icons Dire Straits and Pink Floyd, under the guise of dutiful recreation and tribute by artists Money For Nothin and Crazy Diamonds, led by front man Terry McMahon.

Money for Nothin

Terry has been dedicated to perfecting his craft, becoming the epitome of Mark Knopfler, replicating his mystifying guitar riffs and techniques and vocal prowess with uncanny ability.

“The Money for Nothin show started over six years ago, because we wanted to make a show that we’re passionate about,” explained Terry.

“The show is all things Dire Straits!”

Terry had been playing guitar and performing in tribute shows for over 30 years, before he decided he wanted to branch out with a new show that he was passionate about.

“We all love Dire Straits, and all the boys in the band are seasoned professionals when it comes to recreating the songs,” Terry said.

You will be transported to the 70s and 80s, back into the clutches of a Dire Straits show, and be blown away by the unwavering perfection that is Money for Nothin as the Dire Straits.

“And lucky for me, Dire Straits are known for their music, not for a distinct look! They liked to play in whatever was comfortable that day, so no costumes or anything like that. However, Mark liked to wear his headbands, which always get a laugh out of the crowd when I ‘get into uniform’,” Terry laughed.

Not missing any of the ultimate classics, Money for Nothin will perform ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Walk of Life’, ‘Lady Writer’, ‘Your Latest Trick’, ‘Tunnel of Love’, and their namesake ‘Money for Nothing’.

Crazy Diamonds

Cut your teeth with this one and be ‘Comfortably Numb’.

Led by the ineffable Terry McMahon, Crazy Diamonds is a seamless recreation of the tracks of Pink Floyd, of the timeless, unbeatable and psychedelic classics that propelled the boys in pink to their initial and now long-lasting stardom.

With a track for everyone, this performance will keep the crowd dancing, and the enjoyment high.

“We pick the songs that everyone knows, even if they’re not fans, they’ll recognise the tracks. We just wanted everyone in the crowd to be happy and loving the show,” Terry said.

“Both shows are a tonne of fun, and we love having fun with the crowd, surprising them with the very best songs and letting the music do all the talking.”

WHAT: Money For Nothin: Dire Straits Experience

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Saturday, November 25, from 2pm to 5.30pm

TICKETS: Absolutely Free!

WHAT: Crazy Diamonds: Pink Floyd Tribute

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Sunday, November 26, from 2pm to 5.30pm

TICKETS: Absolutely Free!

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