Over the past few years The Kinks frontman Ray Davies hasn’t hidden his desire to reunite the band. The latest mention from Ray came during a recent interview with U.K. television station Channel 4 that was interrupted by a call he received from drummer Mick Avory. When asked whether The Kinks are getting back together Ray quipped “officially we are” before adding “in the pub later on.”
Ray’s problem remains the bad blood between his brother Dave Davies and Avory. Ray went on to confirm he has yet to bring the pair together in the same room.
“The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick, never got along very well,” Ray said. “But I’ve made that work in the studio and it’s fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire.”
The Kinks last performed together in 1996. Ray and Dave did share the stage in London on December 18, 2015 during a concert at Islington Assembly Hall. Ray told Channel 4 the group is “making a new album, inspired by The Rolling Stones.” He explained he’s compiled “all these songs” since The Kinks parted ways.
If The Kinks do reunite it “won’t be well-organized like the Stones” Ray explained. While The Stones are performing at stadiums throughout Europe, Ray said “the Kinks will probably play in the local bar.” Ray admitted later in the interview, “I was joking slightly about The Kinks.”
Watch Ray Davies’ interview with Channel 4 and judge his sincerity for yourself: