Ray Davies rounds off the Electric Proms in style
Kinks legend Ray Davies teamed up with Razorlight‘s frontman Johnny Borrell tonight (October 28) for a version of former Number One hit ‘Sunny Afternoon’.
The pair, who went into the studio to re-record the famous hit in the summer of 2006, joined forces again onstage at the Camden Roundhouse on the closing night of the 2007 BBC Electric Proms.
Introducing Borrell, Davies told the audience: “I would like to introduce someone to you. Johnny Borrell from Razorlight, give this kid a round of applause,” before he quipped: “I used to complain about him when he was a kid in school.”
The duo then took up the vocals on the classic hit while the audience sang along.
The performance was an eventful one for Davies who later drafted in the Crouch End Festival Choir for four Kinks classics.
Davies was in high spirits throughout the show, bantering with the audience and telling them anecdotes about each song.
Before launching into ‘A Well Respected Man’, he joked: “Last time I played here with a band I don’t mention because every time I do I get a £10 fine. OK I played with The Kinks, but last time I played here, I said we’d never play here again. But now I’m not with them and here I am again.”
The singer, who was backed by a nine-piece band throughout his set, also played four songs off his new album ‘Working Man’s Cafe which is officially due out tomorrow (October 29) but was also given away for free in last week’s Sunday Times, much like Prince‘s recent release through The Mail On Sunday.
In reference to last week’s giveaway, Davies said: “My new record is not out until tomorrow but strangely some people seem to know the songs already. There must be some sort of conspiracy.”
As the star brought the show to a close he urged the crowd to sing along to ‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’, bantering with them as he introduced the Crouch End Festival Choir, adding: “That’s not bad but you are not tight enough. You need some help.”
He closed the show with The Kinks‘ famous hit ‘You Really Got Me’ which saw the crowd sing back every word.
Ray Davies played:
‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’
‘Where Have All The Good Times Gone’
‘Til The End Of The Day’
‘A Well Respected Man’
‘Working Man’s Cafe’
‘One More Time’
’20th Century Man’
‘Tired Of Waiting For You’
‘All Day And All Of The Night’
‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’
‘You Really Got Me’
Earlier, Northern Irish outfit Duke Special also teamed up with The Magic Numbers singer Romeo Stodart for a live rendition of the single ‘Our Love Goes Deeper Than This’.