Saturday 16 December 2017

Ramps to 11: how Aiken saved Ray's day

Kinks' frontman Ray Davies plays two shows in Ireland next week -- the INEC in Killarney on Friday, and Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre next Saturday.

It was way back in 1981 when The Kinks played the National Stadium, and found to their horror the boxing venue didn't have any guitar ramps.

"We'd just come out of a big US tour and it was in our contract we had to have guitar ramps everywhere we played," Ray told The Diary.

But the promoter of the show, the late great Jim Aiken, soon put matters right.

"Jim just went out and got some planks and nails and got to work. He built these huge ramps for us on both sides of the stage.

"You don't meet promoters like that anymore," said Ray.

A regular visitor to Ireland, he lived in Cork for a few years in the late '80s. Ray's touring band features one Bill Shanley, who hails from Clonakility.

Irish Independent

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