The Kinks have denied reports that they will reunite without band member Dave Davies.
In an interview with Mojo magazine, Ray Davies is quoted as saying that the band could reform without his brother Dave, with whom he has had a notoriously fractious relationship.
“Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it [the reunion] will happen anyway,” the singer is quoted as saying. “He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants. I’d much rather work with him than without him.”
Asked if the band would still be the The Kinks without his brother, Ray Davies reportedly replied: “Yes, it would. I think it’s all down to the music. If somebody can’t or won’t play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it.”
However, the band have since denied the quotes, writing on their Facebook page: “Mojo is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this.”
Earlier this year, the band revealed that they had put their animosity behind them and were now working on new material. Ray Davies said that he and his brother had finally met in person to talk about the possibility of playing together again.
The pair, who have not performed together since 1996, apparently began to build bridges over the new Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon, which opened earlier this year. Ray Davies helped with the script and the music for the show, which Dave saw and reportedly liked.