Long before Noel and Liam Gallagher were slinging insults and calling one another potatoes, Ray and Dave Davies beefed as only British brothers can. Following a successful four-decade partnership in The Kinks, Ray and Dave spent the last two decades trading barbs through the press. Dave called Ray a narcissist vampire who “sucks me dry of ideas, emotions and creativity. It’s toxic for me to be with him.” Ray stomped on Dave’s 50th birthday cake.
In recent years, however, the brothers have seemingly reconciled to the point where they’re at least considering a reunion. Last year they even shared the stage together for the first time in 20 years.
In a new interview with the Sun, Ray Davies said a reunion between the brothers will “definitely” happen. “Dave and I will definitely work together again. And we want to play live.” He went on to suggest that “Maybe The Kinks could play Glastonbury?”
Davies attributed last year’s on stage collaboration as well as the success of The Kinks biographical musical Sunny Afternoon as fueling a potential comeback. “We’re talking about taking the show to New York,” he added.
For his part, Dave Davies isn’t ready to commit to anything just yet. “ME AND RAY have not spoken about Kinks showS at all- although weRE TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER ON OTHER STUFF and have worked on music together,” he wrote on Facebook. Hopefully he’s just being coy.
Update: Via Facebook, Ray said he was misquoted. Nevertheless, the Glastonbury quote seems auspicious.
Revisit The Kinks’ 1973 session for BBC: