The Kinks Mull Over New Material, Reunion Tour

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.09.14 in News

Nothing’s official yet, but The Kinks have confirmed they’re considering a new record and reunion tour, their first since a farewell gig in 1996.

“I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again,” Ray Davies said in a Sunday Times interview (via The Telegraph). “We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again. We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new.”

Founding drummer Mick Avory — who never quite ‘got along’ with Dave Davies (he “tried to kill my brother on stage in Cardiff,” Ray Davies said at a show last month) — weighed in on the matter during an Uncut interview, admitting “I think it would be nice to do something all together” but making sure to add “the chances are diminishing as we talk. Hopefully me, Dave and Ray can meet before it happens.”

The group has a couple reasons to get back together: their 50th anniversary, and the relative success of Sunny Afternoon, a musical that opened at London’s Hampstead Theatre last month. Of course, things could easily go south at any time; as Dave Davies put it not too long ago, “I don’t want to see the legacy of The Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money.”