The Kinks set to reunite for new album and tour
The Kinks could reform to release a new album and tour, as Ray Davies admits band members are in discussions about fresh material
Published 08/06/2014 | 11:52
The band, which broke up in the 1990s, hope to release new material after a musical about their career helped lead them to reconcile.
The pair had a famously fractious relationship since the group’s success in the 1960s, even arguing on stage.
In January, they were rumoured to be considering a reunion to mark their 50th anniversary, with Ray, Dave Davies and Mick Avory, telling Uncut magazine they are keen to get back together.
“I think it would be nice to do something all together,” drummer Avory, who left the band in 1984, said. “The chances are diminishing as we talk. Hopefully me, Dave and Ray can meet before it happens."
The group are said to have reconciled in part over musical Sunny Afternoon, which chronicled the Kinks’ rise to the top of the charts in 1964. After opening to critical acclaim at Hampstead Theatre in May, it is now understood to be moving to the West End.
Ray Davies has now told the Sunday Times he is in discussions with band members about coming up with new material.
“I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again,” he said. “We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed.
“He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again.
“We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new.”
Speaking at the Hay Festival last month, Davies admitted the band had “always been tempestuous”, claiming Avory once “tried to kill my brother on stage in Cardiff". He added the altercation had ended with Dave unconscious, requiring hospital treatment and 16 stitches for a wound.
Speaking to an audience, Davies hinted of a reunion but insisted it would require new music. He added: "In any case, my brother still has an issue with the drummer. If they resolve their issues, I might be there."
Dave Davies has previously played down suggestions of a reunion, arguing: "I don’t want to see the legacy of The Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money.”