“Whether they can handle it, I don’t know,” he said
Ray Davies has given an update on The Kinks‘ reunion he hinted back in June.
Last month, the frontman said that the band were getting back together to record a new album and even play some live shows.
He added that it was the ‘appropriate time to do it,’ and later revealed that he’d been working in the studio with his brother Dave Davies and band mate Mick Avory.
Ray, Avory and Ray’s brother Dave have had a long-standing rift but the frontman says that the guitarist and drummer are both on board for the reunion.
“I’ve got all these great songs — I think they’re great — that need to be aired,” he told Mark Goodman and Alan Light of SiriusXM. “There’s something about the chemistry of the Kinks — if I can get them on the right day, we can produce it. It will be down to the music — if we can make four or five tracks that we really feel are energized and in keeping with what we can do, I’ll consider it.
“Individually they’re both up for it,” he added. “There’s a whole reservoir of songs we half-did in the ‘70s and ‘80s, so there’s material there — we wouldn’t just go out and play the hits.”
“If I can get Dave and Mick in the same room — I’ve spoken with them independently and they’re both on board spiritually, but whether they can handle it, I don’t know,” he said.
The group formed in 1963 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The band’s last album was 1994’s ‘To The Bone’ and the Davies brothers haven’t performed together since 1996.
Earlier this year, the band’s former bassist Jim Rodford passed away, age 76. Rodford joined The Kinks after their bassist John Dalton left in 1978. He spent 18 years in the band, and contributed to every record released between 1979 and 1993.