Sunday, November 09, 2008

BBC: the Kinks begin writing new tunes and other related news

From the BBC, we get the following exciting news. Of course, all Kinks fans hum the same mantra when confronted by such reports: "We'll believe it when we see it," or in this case, when we finally hear the new tunes.

The Kinks start work on comeback
By Ian Youngs
Music reporter, BBC News

The Kinks have begun writing new songs ahead of a possible reunion, singer Ray Davies has said.

"We've started a little bit of this and that," he told BBC News. But it is too early to judge the quality, he said.

"It depends if there's good music. We want good new music. I'd like to do it as a more collaborative thing than we used to do."

The Kinks were one of the most popular and influential bands of the 1960s, and last performed together in 1996.

In September, Davies said any reunion would also depend on the health of bandmate and brother Dave, who suffered a stroke in 2004. But Dave is currently well, the singer said.

Duets album

The Kinks were responsible for classic '60s hits like You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset and All Day And All Of The Night.

Ray Davies would have to fit a reunion around his solo US tour, an album with a choir and a further album of collaborations.

He is aiming to duet with a range of artists, including Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, Snow Patrol and some previously unknown talents.

"I don't just want to do usual suspects," he said. "I'd love to do something with Johnny, but I'd like to find new bands. Unsigned even. I usually like the underdogs."

He is also hoping to enlist rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry.

"I've never met the man but he was one of my heroes as a lyricist," he said. We'll see how it works out - a mixture of Snow Patrol and Chuck Berry. It should be an interesting record."

Published: 2008/11/05 10:18:24 GMT

Meanwhile, Ray has made plans for a solo tour in the States this fall. Not to Ohio, alas. I'm afraid I've blown my traveling dollars this fall, and so will not be in attendance. Unfortunately none of these dates are during my winter break off from school break.

Here are the tour dates, courtesy of the Unofficial Kinks Web Site:

And finally, a pre-taped but never aired performance by Ray Davies will be shown on the Craig Ferguson show this Friday, Nov 14 (actually the wee hours of Nov 15 for those setting their DVRs).


Anonymous said...

This is the latest as word as of Saturday November 8th aboht the KinKs Re-Union and this is taken from a direct quote from Dave Davies himself off his official web-site forum..." " and by the way me and Ray have not even seen each other for a month or so. I have been really busy on "Mystical Journey" and
Ray has been busy on his show n stuff. there is so much to sort out before we can even open a guitar case-
we have exchanged a few emails but they are all mainly business " It can be found in it's original form by searching through this thread from Dave's official site.

God Save the KinKs!
Frank Lima, A Montvale,New Jersey Hillbilly Boy aka Dan the Fan

Anonymous said...

For now DONT MISS RAY on his end of year 2008 tour...

28 November - Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
29 November - Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason's, Miami, FL
30 November - Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
2 December - Variety Theatre, Atlanta, GA
3 December - Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN
5 December - Borgata Music Box, Atlantic City, NJ
6 December - Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY
8 December - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
10 December - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
11 December - Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT
12 December - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
13 December - Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ

Frank Lima, A Montvale, New jersey Hillbilly Boy aka Dan the fan
and you can email me at