Ray Davies And Band
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The influential Kinks front man takes centre stage to perform new material from his second solo album, Working Man's Cafe, which was launched with a fanfare at the 2007 BBC Proms. The Londoner first emerged onto the music scene in the '60s with his four-piece band, The Kinks. His brother Dave was also a member and the group continued performing and recording together until the mid '90s. Davies has flown solo ever since and in 2004, he was honoured with a CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the music industry. In 1990, Ray and his band mates were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and 15 years later, the UK Music Hall Of Fame afforded them similar recognition. Davies' lyrics often contain elements of satirical comedy and he has exploited that humorous edge to cast himself as one of the cheeky chappies of British rock. His talents do not begin and end with the charts. In 1981, he sparked collaborations on a number of musicals including Chorus Girls and he continues to develop this aspect of his craft. In spring 2009, he was awarded The Mobius Best Off-West End Production for the musical Come Dancing. Fans of this UK tour will probably be dancing too as the veteran performer proves there is plenty of life left in the old dog yet.
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