Ray Davies Talks Kinks Reunion
Ray Davies believes a Kinks reunion is “as close as its ever been to happening,” according to an article in Uncut. As NME points out, the Kinks singer met with his brother and onetime musical partner Dave Davies in Highgate, London last summer to discuss the possibility of reuniting in 2014 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.
“I’d like something good to come out of it, not something sad… I’d like to do something sensible, artistic and dignified,” the singer said. “There’s every possibility it could happen, if people behave. Or misbehave at the appropriate moment.”
“We got together in August (2013) and the first few days were beautiful. We went up the pub and had a few Guinnesses, and we were talking about all kinds of shit, the old days and what-ifs,” Dave Davies also told the magazine. “I said to Ray I thought that it’d be a great shame if we don’t try and do something.”
The Kinks have not toured since 1996, and the Davies brothers have exchanged numerous insults in the press over the past two decades. Founding Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died in 2010, and classic Kinks drummer Mick Avory officially left the band in 1984 (though he has worked with the Davies brothers in the years since his departure).