Ray Davies Inks With V2 For Solo Debut

Kinks leader Ray Davies has signed with V2, which will on Sept. 6 release his long-in-the-works, as-yet-untitled solo debut.

Kinks leader Ray Davies has signed with V2, which will on Sept. 6 release his long-in-the-works, as-yet-untitled solo debut. A spokesperson says the track list has not been confirmed, but Davies has been performing a number of new tunes in recent live shows, including "The Morning After" and "The Tourist."

"I've done lots of songs, but whether they're any good is another matter," Davies told the U.K.'s Independent newspaper last fall. "All the songs are different, but they're all about me, which is quite worrying when you think about it."

The artist has a handful of tour dates on tap before taking a break for the rest of the summer, including a show tomorrow (June 17) in Ringsted, Denmark. Touring will resume Sept. 25 in York, England, and will run through late October.

Meanwhile, the Kinks' influence remains large; the group's "You Really Got Me" was voted best song of the decade (1955-1964) last May by BBC Radio 2 listeners at the Ivor Novello Awards.

A number of the group's late-period albums have been reissued in recent months via Koch; the next batch will arrive in late 2005/early 2006 and comprise 1979's "Low Budget" and the compilation "Celluloid Heroes," which culls tracks from the Kinks' 1971-1975 tenure on RCA.

Here are Ray Davies' tour dates:

June 17: Ringsted, Denmark (Congrescentre)
June 18: Haderslev, Denmark (Kloften Festival)
June 19: Odense, Denmark (Amfiscenen)
July 9: Egersund, Norway (Visefestival)
Sept. 25: York, England (Grand Opera House)
Sept. 26: Leicester, England (DeMontford Hall)
Sept. 28: London (Royal Albert Hall)
Sept. 29: Nottingham, England (Royal Centre)
Sept. 30: Glasgow (Royal Concert Hall)
Oct. 2: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England (Tyne Theatre)
Oct. 3: Manchester, England (Bridgewater Hall)
Oct. 4: Liverpool, England (Philharmonic)
Oct. 6: Bristol, England (Colston Hall)
Oct. 7: Coventry, England (Warwick Arts Centre)
Oct. 8: Birmingham, England (Symphony Hall)
Oct. 10: Brighton, England (Dome)
Oct. 11: Canterbury, England (Marlow Theatre)
Oct. 12: Southampton, England (Guildhall)
Oct. 14: Plymouth, England (Pavilions)
Oct. 15: Cardiff, Wales (St. David's Hall)
Oct. 16: Oxford, England (New Theatre)