The Kinks could be getting back together in 2014.
Though talk of a reformed Kinks seems to hit the headlines every few years, frontman Ray Davies has given a clear indicator that his band’s many patient fans could soon get their reward. This year, the Kinks hits the half-century milestone. And Davies has told British music magazine Uncut that a reunion is “as close as it’s ever been to happening.”
The three surviving members of the original lineup — the Ray and Dave Davies and drummer Mick Avory (bassist Pete Quaife died in 2010) — opened-up for the music title.
Dave Davies explains that he’d caught up with his brother last summer in a London pub, where they chatted about the possibility of reforming the band for their 50th anniversary.
In the issue, Dave also discusses the sometimes turbulent relationship he’s endured with his sibling. “I said to Ray I thought that it’d be a great shame if we don’t try and do something,” he told Uncut. “I don’t think our love has diminished. I think the stage-play has played itself out a bit, the pretense 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.”
The Kinks teased their followers back in 2008 with a hint that they’d return to action. It wasn’t to be. Dave, who had suffered a stroke in 2004, poured cold water on the idea with a post on his Web site at the time that “it would be like a poor remake of ‘Night of the Livin (sic) Dead’ ” and declaring that Ray has been doing “Karaoke Kinks shows since 1996,” when the band last worked together.
The following year, Ray told Billboard he’d been in the studio working on recordings with his former bandmates, specifically Avory and later members Jim Rodford on bass and Ian Gibbons on keyboard.
If the reunion gets the go-ahead, it’ll be for the right reasons, Dave tells Uncut. “I don’t want to see the legacy of the Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money,” he says.
Formed in 1964, the Kinks created a bank of international hits with the likes of “You Really Got Me,” “Waterloo Sunset,” “All Day And All Of The Night” and “Lola”. For a band considered one of the most influential outfits of their age, many observers feel they never enjoyed the commercial success they deserved.
Their career was celebrated with induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 – the first year they became eligible – and in 2005 they joined the UK Music Hall of Fame.