Rumours are circulating of what could be one of the biggest music stories of 2014. On the other hand, it may all fade into nothing again. It seems that a long-awaited Kinks reunion could be in the offing after comments made by Dave Davies in an interview with Rolling Stone where the former-Kink talks about two meetings held with brother Ray over the summer when discussions about a reunion were held.
Dave said “We talked about the old days and maybe doing something next year. I thought to myself, ‘Oh shit, maybe we could actually do something before we fall down dead.’ It was very positive.”
However, to dampen enthusiasm somewhat, the rest of the interview could not be accurately described as overwhelmingly positive about Ray and this could yet turn out to be just another move in the endless game of chess that the brothers seem to be engaged in.
The idea has not been totally dismissed by Ray Davies. Speaking to Uncut, he said:
“I’ve heard about the article but I haven’t read it. I saw Dave a couple of weeks ago and he mentioned the idea of doing a tour. I said, ‘Yeah, but you’re the guy who keeps saying it’ll never happen.’
“I don’t understand where this new line, this new tack, has come from.
“But he’s a great player. Whenever I write a song, I think of how it could be improved by having him on it, and what his power chords would bring to it.
“I don’t know what next year will bring. Let’s see if he’s polite to me the next time we meet.”
There’s no doubt that the reforming of arguably the most innovative, productive yet also self-destructive bands in music history will be huge news. Headline slots at Glastonbury and other major festivals would have to be considered likely and tickets would fly out in Britain and the United States. A new album would seem even more unlikely due to Dave’s reluctance to spend much time in the studio with Ray. Original Kinks drummer Mick Avory would also be unlikely to feature if Dave gets his way “I love him, but it’s water under the bridge. We need new people. Sometimes when you’re with the same old people, you get the same old thing.”
Dave is currently touring the US to promote his new album ‘I Will Be Me’, while Ray is about to launch into a publicity round to promote his new book ‘Americana’ which is published next week so we are sure to be hearing more about this story over the next few days. Rest assured, Louder Than War will keep you fully updated.
Read more on the below links:
Read more at Uncut HERE.
Read Rolling Stone HERE.
All words by Dave Jennings. More of Dave’s writing on Louder Than War can be found in his author archive. He is also on Twitter @blackfoxwrexham