Dave Davies explains Kinks reunion hold up

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 April 2017
Dave Davies

Dave Davies

The Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies has admitted that he is cautious about reforming the group with his brother Sir Ray Davies because he didn't feel "equal" in the group

Dave Davies didn't feel "equal" in The Kinks.

The 70-year-old guitarist teamed up with his son Russell for his new album 'Open Road' and says he had a lot of freedom "creatively" working with his offspring, which he suggested was lacking in the 'You Really Got Me' group and is why he is weary of a reunion.

Quizzed on whether the hold up in reforming is because things weren't even, he admitted: "Yeah, maybe.

"I don't know. It'd be lovely to do something, but he's a bit of a control freak.

"When I was working with Russell on 'Open Road', I didn't feel like I had to fight for my space. Creativity suffers when you're thinking about how to fight for that.

"Maybe some people thrive in those situations but I don't."

The 'Sunday Afternoon' rocker also said he doesn't see the point in potentially ruining their "amazing legacy" in order to make money.

However, he is open to doing something with his brother Sir Ray Davies, 72, whether that be a TV show or the odd song.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, he said: "I think with reunion, The Kinks have an amazing legacy. Why f*** it up by getting ourselves together to make a few bucks? Some things are best left alone. I'm saying that and half of me is saying it would be good to do a show or a TV thing. Or one song.

"There are a lot of different aspects to not doing a reunion. If my contribution was respected not just as part of a collaboration but financially as well ... no man is an island. We like to think we're in control of our lives, but it takes many elements and people."

Ray said late last year that he wants to reunite the 60s group for Glastonbury festival, despite years of feuding and he hopes the band can headline the annual music festival in Somerset, England at some point.

He said: "Dave and I will definitely work together again. And we want to play live.

"Maybe The Kinks could play Glastonbury?"

Ray and Dave founded the band in 1963 and split in 1996.

However, the brothers performed together for the first time in almost 20 years in 2015, when Ray joined Dave on stage in London for a performance of 'You Really Got Me'.

The band has had a number of different line-ups over the years but the siblings have featured in each one.

The Kinks' classic line-up featured Mick Avory on drums and the late Pete Quaife on bass.

Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969 while Bob Henrit took over from Avory in 1984.

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