- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Surviving members of influential British rock band The Kinks are considering putting aside past differences and reuniting to cut the group’s first record since dissolving over 20 years ago.

The Kinks co-founder and frontman Ray Davies told BBC Monday that he wants to get back into the studio with his former bandmates to finish recording songs he wrote for the group before its members split in 1996.

“We’ve been talking about it because I’ve got all these songs that I wrote, then the band — not broke up, we parted company — and I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it,” Mr. Davies, 74, said during an interview with BBC’s Channel 4.

Nonetheless, he acknowledged that tensions are still high between The Kinks’ surviving members — Dave Davies, the band’s lead guitarist and co-founder, and Mick Avory, the group’s drummer during most of its existence.

“The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick, never got along very well,” he told BBC. “But I’ve made that work in the studio and it’s fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire. So if I can recapture those moments …

“I haven’t brought them together in the same room yet but we’re working on it,” he said.

The official Dave Davies page on Facebook confirmed the efforts Tuesday.

“‪Me and Ray have spoken about the possibility of us working on a new album. Ray has a few songs he wants to finish,” according to a post on the page. “I have 3 or 4 songs I’ve written with Ray. We’ve been talking about it for some time now. We haven’t discussed shows or anything else at the moment.”

Mr. Avory, 74, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The band’s original bass guitarist, Pete Quaife, left the group in 1969 and died in 2010. His replacement in the band, John Dalton, left the group in 1976, and his successor Jim Rodford, passed away in January, making the Davies brothers and Mr. Avory, the band’s drummer from 1964 through 1983, the only surviving members of The Kink’s longest-running lineup.

The Kinks formed in 1964, and the group’s third single, “You Really Got Me,” charted in the U.K. and U.S. a few months later, paving the way for subsequent hits including 1964’s “All Day and All of the Night,” 1965’s “Tired of Waiting for You,” 1967’s “Waterloo Sunset,” and 1970’s “Lola,” among others.

Feuding among members persisted during most of The Kinks’ existence, however, including a legendary incident in 1965 in which the band’s lead guitarist was hospitalized after being assaulted by drum hardware lobbed by Mr. Avory. The American Federation of Musicians ultimately cited the band’s antics as an excuse to ban them from touring the U.S. until 1969.

The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 1990. The Davies released their last album as The Kinks in 1994, “To the Bone,” and the band dissolved two years later.

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