A new interview with the surviving members of The Kinks in Uncut reveals that the chances of a reunion in 2014 have gotten much, much better. In the interview, co-founder Ray Davies proclaimed that the reunion was “as close as it’s ever been to happening.”
The reunion talk began in late 2013 after Dave Davies told Rolling Stone that he was interested in doing it and that there was a “50/50” chance of the reunion happening. At the time, Dave said that “the ball’s in [Ray’s] court.”
The Davies brothers have had a tumultuous relationship over the years, but the bad blood between the two has softened in recent times, particularly after Dave suffered a stroke that left him learning how to play guitar again. The two have talked about working together on a soundtrack to Ray’s recently-released road memoir Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road, The Story.
Dave also voiced one concern about reuniting, one that didn’t have to do with the band’s past demons. “I don’t want to see the legacy of the Kinks ruined by two miserable old men doing it for the money,” Dave said. Ray has also voiced a desire to avoid “going out there to play the oldies” while hinting at the possibility of new Kinks music with the reunited band.