Ray Davies on finishing old Kinks songs and launching a new tour

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Ray Davies on finishing old Kinks songs and launching a new tour

In a recent interview, Ray Davies revealed that “The Kinks have a bunch of tracks in some stage of completion” and that he’d “like to get them finished.” He explains, “We’ve got tracks back from Dave, Mick [Avory] and the original band members. We’re talking about the Seventies and Eighties. There have got to be 20, at least. Then there are other finished songs I have in various forms of demo.”

That’s what he says about new music. Now, here’s what Ray has to say regarding a rumoured 2015 Kinks tour:

“I can’t think that far forward. Over the years, I’ve been doing a few new tracks with Mick, our original drummer. You know about the war between Dave and Mick.”

“I don’t work for the United Nations. I’m just a musician. I had a drink with Mick last week, and I asked, ‘What happened to you guys?’ They shared a house in the 1960s. I think some things went on there that created a rivalry.”

Regarding Dave having said that he doesn’t want a Kinks tour to be the Ray Davies show, with his kid brother in the corner, Ray says, “I don’t understand what that’s about. If we do a Kinks show, we’re the Kinks. Ray stands on the right of the stage and Dave stands on the left. Look, my brother is very intelligent. He’s a good writer. We actually put down a few demos last Christmas. He came to see me, and he played me a couple of new songs.”

“I don’t know about next year. I’m doing a studio album of my songs from my book Americana, and I’m going to do a small tour. As for the Kinks, I have to talk to Dave.”