Ray Davies on Kinks reunion: ‘There’s got to be new music involved’

Singer says he is in 'negotiations' with his brother over getting back together

Ray Davies has said that he is in negotiations with brother Dave Davies over a potential Kinks reunion, but stressed that he is only interested in pursuing the venture if they make new music together.

The pair, who have an acrimonious relationship and have not played together since 1996, have now both made comments about the possibility of seeing The Kinks back onstage in the near future. Just last week (September 25) Dave Davies stated that there is a 50/50 chance of a reunion, something verified by Ray Davies on BBC Breakfast this morning (October 3)

“I’m not sure. There’s got to be new music involved. I’m proud of that back catalogue and I play it when I do shows,” Davies told hosts Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin. He adds: “I was talking to my brother about two weeks ago. As long as there’s something new to go forward with rather than stay in the past, I’m interested. We’ve negotiated. In sporting terms, he’s talking to his agent.”

Dave Davis recently ruled out making new music with his brother, however, saying he had met with Ray three times over the summer but said that although initial discussions were positive, they had become more difficult as they progressed. “The first two meetings were great,” he said. “We talked about the old days and maybe doing something next year. I thought to myself, ‘Oh shit, maybe we could do something before we fall down dead.’ It was very positive.”

He then added: “We had tea right before I came over to America, and he was so negative, grumpy and just mean. It was like he fell into a black hole. He didn’t want me to come back to America. I think it’s because I’m happy and I was doing something without his approval. I feel like he was miserable because I’m happy. He’s a really troubled man.”

On the subject of making an album together, meanwhile, he simply said: “I can’t face the concept of days and days in the studio with Ray. I just can’t do it.”