Ray Davies says he has no problem with touring with the Kinks, he just can’t get his brother Dave over one hurdle.
Rolling Stone talked to Davies, telling him his brother Dave is afraid to do a reunion tour because he was afraid it would become a Ray Davies show. “I don’t understand what that’s about. If we do a Kinks show, we’re the Kinks. Ray stands on the right of the stage and Dave stands on the left. Look, my brother is very intelligent. He’s a good writer. We actually put down a few demos last Christmas. He came to see me, and he played me a couple of new songs.”
Also, there remains on ongoing feud between Dave and drummer Mick Avory that goes back fifty years. Ray doesn’t even know what happened all those years ago. “I don’t work for the United Nations. I’m just a musician. I had a drink with Mick last week, and I asked, “What happened to you guys?” They shared a house in the 1960s. I think some things went on there that created a rivalry.”
As far as a chance at a reunion in 2015, “I don’t know about next year. I’m doing a studio album of my songs from my book Americana, and I’m going to do a small tour. As for the Kinks, I have to talk to Dave.”
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