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Tuesday
Aug262014

Kinks Controversy: Is Ray Davies Considering Band Reunion Without Brother Dave?

Decca Label Group; Cleopatra RecordsThere appears to be some controversy brewing with regard to The Kinks' supposed plans for a reunion project next year.  U.K. magazine MOJO reports that legendary rockers' frontman, Ray Davies, revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, while suggesting that the band may do so without the participation of his brother, founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies.

However, The Kinks' official Facebook page has posted a message declaring, "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

Getting back to the MOJO article, the magazine quotes Ray as saying, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway.  He's very welcome to turn up if he wants.  I'd much rather work with him than without him."

The article reports that the band -- apparently referring to the Davies brothers and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory -- met during the summer of 2013 to discuss possibly getting together this year for a 50th anniversary Kinks reunion, but Ray and Dave's continued contentious relationship delayed the proposed project.  MOJO also claims that Ray told the mag that he's been recording songs with Avory for a new Kinks album, and that Dave hasn't yet contributed to the sessions.

In addition, MOJO alleges that, when Ray was asked if a project without his brother would still be called The Kinks, he said, "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."

Ray also reported that he continues to work on a solo album based on his 2013 memoir, Americana.

In other news, the singer/songwriter has scheduled a series of three U.K. performances in September that will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Kinks hit "You Really Got Me."


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