Ray Davies on Kinks reunion: “It’s as close as it’s ever been to happening” – exclusive

Uncut can exclusively reveal that a Kinks reunion looks closer than ever before.

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Uncut can exclusively reveal that a Kinks reunion looks closer than ever before.

In the new issue of Uncut, out on Friday (January 3), we speak to the three original, surviving members of the group – Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory.

All three are mainly positive about the potential reformation, with Ray Davies stating: “It’s as close as it’s ever been to happening.”

“I said to Ray I thought that it’d be a great shame if we don’t try and do something,” says guitarist Dave Davies. “I don’t think our love has diminished. I think the stage-play has played itself out a bit, the pretence and the acting. I think it’s time reality took over, and started directing the last years of… whatever it is. It’s like Cain and Abel.”

“I think it would be nice to do something all together,” says original drummer Mick Avory, who left the band in 1984. “Because the chances are diminishing as we talk. Hopefully me, Dave and Ray can meet before it happens. We’d have to knock our heads together and rehearse, if we meant to do it properly. We haven’t played together for God knows how long.”

The Davies brothers have some reservations, though, with Dave claiming, “I don’t want to see the legacy of The Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money.”

The full, fascinating feature sees Ray and Dave Davies chart their confrontations, including cursed concept albums, troublesome pet rabbits and brotherly dysfunction.

To read the entire piece, check out the new issue of Uncut, dated February 2014, and out on Friday (January 3).


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