British music magazine MOJO quoted head Kink Ray Davies as saying that a reunion is in the works, and that it would happen either with or without his brother and bandmate Dave Davies.
“Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway. He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants. I’d much rather work with him than without him.”
When asked if the Kinks would still be the Kinks without Dave, Ray is quoted as saying, “Yes, it would. I think it’s all down to the music. If somebody can’t or won’t play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it,” referring to founding drummer Mick Avory. (The Kinks soon responded via their Facebook page, saying, “MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this.”)
But would it have been the Kinks without Dave? Ray Davies already does solo tours with a hired backing band; without Dave, it would be Ray and his band with founding Kinks drummer Mick Avory (the band’s original bassist, Pete Quaife, died in 2010; although they could conceivably invite former Kinks bassets John Dalton or Jim Rodford to rejoin).
Still, it would be like Mick Jagger fronting the Rolling Stones without Keith Richards, or Robert Plant leading Led Zeppelin sans Jimmy Page. Some bands can endure lineup changes (and the Kinks endured many), but there are some members who are irreplaceable. And in the Kinks, that’s the Davies brothers — both of them.
Here, then, is a list of great Kinks moments that wouldn’t have been the same without Dave.
The first track on the first album by the Kinks — 1964’s Kinks — is a Chuck Berry cover sung by Dave. It was also in the Rolling Stones‘ repertoire at that time, and if Dave doesn’t quite have Mick Jagger’s swagger, he more than makes up for it in raw enthusiasm. Singing and playing a Chuck Berry tune on a record (and in the above clip, on television) was the dream of most British and American kids his age in 1964.