The battling Davies brothers — Ray and Dave — may finally be in a collaborative space, healthy, and earnest enough to reform one of the greatest rock bands of the 1960s, the Kinks. The brother-fronted group — which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 — had a rather ugly split in 1996, but Ray is now talking about the possibility of recording and touring again.
"I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again," Ray told London's Sunday Times. "We've also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He has been composing his own songs, but I'd really like to write with him again."
The brotherly contact is certainly hopeful news for Kinks fans. The last time a reunion was discussed with Dave in 2010, he said the following: "Ray sucks me dry of ideas, emotions, and creativity. It’s toxic for me to be with him. He’s a control freak."
Throughout the band's career, the Davies brothers often went to war with each other. During the Kinks tour in 1977, I watched Dave suddenly sprint across the stage at San Francisco's Winterland and punch out Ray. Apparently, it wasn't the first or last time the brothers had public "disagreements." The creative rivalry likely fueled the success of the Kinks, as much as it drove the brothers to drugs, drink, and a suicide attempt by Ray, who was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. There have also been some cruel twists of fate: Dave suffered a stroke in 2004, and, the same year, Ray was shot by an assailant in New Orleans as he was walking down a street with his then girlfriend.
We'll keep you posted on developments as they are reported.