Kinks reunion 'closer than ever'
The Kinks reunion is as "close as it has ever been to happening" lead singer Ray Davies has said.
The 69-year-old singer-songwriter, his younger brother guitarist Dave and original drummer Mick Avory, the three original, surviving members of the 60s rock legends, have all told Uncut magazine they are keen to reunite for their 50th anniversary in 2014.
Ray said: "It's as close as it's ever been to happening."
Dave, 66, revealed he met up with his estranged brother in a pub in Highgate, London, last summer to discuss marking the anniversary.
He said: "We got together in August and the first few days were beautiful. We went up the pub and had a few Guinnesses, and we were talking about all kinds of s***, the old days and what-ifs.
"I said to Ray I thought that it'd be a great shame if we don't try and do something. I don't think our love has diminished. I think the stage-play has played itself out a bit, the pretence 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."
Mick Avory, who left the band in 1984, said: "I think it would be nice to do something all together. Because the chances are diminishing as we talk. Hopefully me, Dave and Ray can meet before it happens. We'd have to knock our heads together and rehearse, if we meant to do it properly. We haven't played together for God knows how long."
But Dave admitted having some reservations.
He added: "I don't want to see the legacy of The Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money."
Ray headlined a free concert in Hyde Park in July last year after Sir Elton John cancelled his headlining appearance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time due to illness.