Dave Davies has been hoping for a Kinks reunion. Two years ago, he told Rolling Stone there was a “50/50 chance” the iconic Sixties group he formed with his brother Ray would reunite in the near future.
Now he tells the magazine, “I’d say there’s an outside shot. But where there’s life, there’s hope.
“I know Ray has a lot coming up, and I do as well, so we’ll see how things pan out in the next few months. A lot of it depends on how Ray and I feel by the end of the year, physically, emotionally and psychologically.”
The Kinks broke up following a 1996 summer tour. Dave Davies has released two solo albums since then and successfully fought his way back to health after a 2004 stroke left him unable to play guitar.
Part of the animosity between the Davies brothers has to do with how Dave created the snarling guitar sound on the Kinks 1964 hit “You Really Got Me.” Dave says that he sliced up his amp speaker with a razor blade, but Ray has taken credit for it in recent years.
“It’s so irritating,” Dave says. “He wrote the riff and the song, but it’s my interpretation of the sound.”
Dave has also had problems with original Kinks drummer Mick Avory, but the two keep in touch via email and Davies seems open to Avory returning should the Kinks reunite, noting “it’s possible” that he would invite him.
On Friday, September 4, Davies will release the live album Rippin’ Up New York City, a 16-track collection of solo and Kinks tunes recorded at City Winery. His solo tour continues in Boston on October 18. For dates, visit DaveDavies.com.
He’s also busy in London with director Julien Temple who is directing the Kinks biopic You Really Got Me.
As for Ray, the two keep in touch. “I saw him just a week ago,” Dave says.” Dave said he’d call but as of yet has not.