The Kinks Are Reuniting, Reveals Ray Davies

June 26, 2018
The Kinks in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.

The Kinks are getting back together, according to Ray Davies. The recently-knighted frontman revealed the news during an interview with Channel 4 in the U.K. on Monday.

The Kinks, who had a string of hits in the 60s, haven’t performed together in more than 20 years.

Davies told Channel 4 that he’s been in the studio with brother Dave Davies and drummer Mick Avory to make a new album. According to Davies, the long-feuding members have come to a resolution.

“I’ve got all these songs that I wrote for the band when we… not broke up… parted company. And I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it.”

Davies credits the Rolling Stones, who just completed a European tour, for inspiring him to get back at it.

“It won’t be well-organized like the Rolling Stones,” he explained, quipping, “The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar.”

The Kinks gained international success in 1964 with their hit “You Really Got Me”, penned by Davies. At the height of the British Invasion, they were essentially banned from touring the U.S. when the American Federation of Musicians refused to issue permits for their appearances, reportedly due their rowdy on-stage behaviour. Despite the ban, the band managed five Top 10 singles in the US throughout their career including “You Really Got Me”, “All Day and All of the Night” and “Tired of Waiting For You”. They also had five Top 10 albums in the U.K..

The original four members (Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies and Mick Avory) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Pete Quaife died in June of 2010.

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