After recently revealing to BBC Radio London that he was “trying to persuade” his fellow surviving Kinks members to record a new album, Ray Davies has talked more about his hopes for a reunion project in an interview with BBC’s Channel 4 News.
When the interview starts, Davies is seen chatting on his cellphone with Kinks drummer Mick Avory, telling him he’ll meet him at a pub later. Ray then declares that he’s “[m]aking a new Kinks album, inspired by The Rolling Stones.”
He explains, “We’re talking about [a new album] because I’ve got all these songs I wrote for [The Kinks] when the band…parted company, and I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it.”
When the interviewer presses the British rock legend on whether The Kinks truly are reuniting, Ray declares, “Officially we are, yes,” adding, cheekily, “in the pub later on.”
He also maintains, “It won’t be well-organized like The Rolling Stones…The Kinks will probably play in the local bar.”
Davies points that one of the issues with organizing a reunion is that his brother, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, and Avory “never got along very well,” although he says he used that conflict to get fired up in the recording studio.
Ray also admits that he’s spoken with Dave and Mick separately, but he hasn’t “brought them together in the same room yet.” He adds that he’s “working on it,” though.
Meanwhile, Dave Davies also addressed the possible Kinks reunion in a new Facebook post.
“Me and Ray have spoken about the possibility of us working on a new album,” Dave reports. “Ray has a few songs he wants to finish. I have 3 or 4 songs I’ve written with Ray…We haven’t discussed shows or anything else at the moment.”
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