Monday, July 2, 2018

The Kinks to reunite after two decades apart

Ray Davies has confirmed plans for The Kinks to reunite for a new album after more than two decades apart.

In a new interview with the UK’s Channel 4, Davies revealed that he has been working in the studio on new music with his brother, guitarist Dave Davies, and drummer Mick Avory, which had led to a resolution between the two, according to The Telegraph.

"The trouble is, the two remaining members – my brother Dave and Mick – never got along very well,” explains the singer. “But I've made that work in the studio and it's fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire."

Davies says his work on a reunion of The Kinks – who last performed together in 1996 – had been "inspired by the Rolling Stones, who recently completed a European tour to critical acclaim.”

"I've got all these songs that I wrote for the band when we – not broke up – parted company, and I think it's kind of an appropriate time to do it,”
he continued. "It won't be well-organized like the Rolling Stones. You must praise the Rolling Stones for being great at publicity and a great band great at organizing their careers and Mick [Jagger] has done an incredible PR job and it’s kind of inspiring to see them doing it.

"But The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar."

Davies founded The Kinks with his brother Dave in London in 1964. As the band’s lead singer and chief songwriter, Ray wrote a string of 14 top ten international hits starting with “You Really Got Me,” and followed by “All Day and All of The Night,” “Tired of Waiting For You,” “Set Me Free,” ‘‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” “Sunny Afternoon,” “Waterloo Sunset,” “Lola,” “Apeman,” “Come Dancing” and many more.

With sales of more than 50 million albums worldwide, The Kinks were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990.

Davies has just released a new album, “Our Country: Americana Act II”; the project marks the companion to the rocker’s first original solo work in a decade, 2017’s “Americana”, and his 2013 memoir of the same name.

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