January 2, 2014 12:44

The Kinks reunion as 'close as it's ever been to happening' says Ray Davies

Guitarist Dave Davies adds that 'it'd be a great shame' if they don't celebrate their 50th anniversary

The Kinks reunion as 'close as it's ever been to happening' says Ray Davies

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Ray Davies has said that a reunion of The Kinks is "as close as its ever been to happening".

In a new piece with Uncut magazine, Dave Davies also said that he met up with his estranged brother in a pub in Highgate, London last summer and the pair discussed the possibility of reforming the band for their 50th anniversary. "We got together in August (2013) and the first few days were beautiful. We went up the pub and had a few Guinnesses, and we were talking about all kinds of shit, the old days and what-ifs," said Dave. "I said to Ray I thought that it'd be a great shame if we don't try and do something."

The pair have an acrimonious relationship and have not played together since 1996. Of a possible reunion to celebrate their anniversary, Ray added: "I'd like something good to come out of it, not something sad... I'd like to do something sensible, artistic and dignified. There's every possibility it could happen, if people behave. Or misbehave at the appropriate moment."

A musical based on the early life of Ray Davies of The Kinks and the band's early career is set to open later this year in London. Sunny Afternoon will be staged at Hampstead Theatre and has been scripted by Joe Penhall. BBC News reports that cast details have not yet been announced. The play premiered at the Theatre Royal in Stratford, east London back in 2008 and was supposed to tour a year later, but failed to.

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