March 24th, 2008
10:46 AM ET

Ray Davies has hopes for Kinks reunion

A Kinks reunion? Ray Davies says it could still happen.

The original Kinks get together in 2005 at the UK Music Hall of Fame ceremony.

"I know that three-quarters of the band are really up for it and can do it and are available,
the head Kink told CNN.com in a phone interview from Tasmania over the weekend, reiterating comments he's made elsewhere. "The one-quarter, a very vital quarter, my brother, is having thoughts about it, because he’s recovering from a very bad illness. [Dave Davies suffered a stroke in 2004; he's greatly recovered and put out an album in 2007.] His right hand isn’t fully on yet but I think it’s getting a lot better."

Dave Davies has said he isn't so sure. "I wouldn't mind or rather consider doing some shows with Ray purely in respect for the Great body of work we have both been fortunate to have been involved in over the years. And for the fans of course," he wrote in a post on his Web site in November. "But to sit in a room or studio with him and have my brain and heart slowly sucked out ... no friggin thank you."

The original Kinks - Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife and Mick Avory - haven't played together regularly since early 1969, when Quaife left the band a few months after the release of "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society." (There have been a couple appearances since, such as at U.S. and UK hall of fame induction ceremonies.)

The Kinks are also one of a handful of major rock groups who haven't had their history collected in a box set, but Ray Davies says that may change soon.

"When this tour is over ... I’m going to have some meetings with people and set the dogs on all these people and try to bring them to light," he said with a laugh. " ‘Cause I think a box set would be great. [It] would really show the evolution of the band, along with a very good DVD with it, to show how this band evolved. ...

"There’s a lot of love in the Kinks, in the best sense," Davies continued. "It’s like one of those old Westerns, where the guys ride off into the sunset and it’s not really there and there’s a shootout at the ridge and one guy gets hit and he says 'Leave me here, you go on over for your own good and send the cavalry back,' it’s a bit like that, the Kinks. And I think it would be nice to have the whole story there."

Ray Davies' new solo album, "Working Man's Cafe," came out last month.

Watch for CNN.com's Davies interview later this week.

- Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer


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