By Brian Ives
Father Christmas came a little bit early this year for Kinks fans, and what he brought wasn’t “some money,” as the lyrics to the band’s classic yuletide jam goes. Instead, he delivered the band’s principal members, singer/songwriter/leader Ray Davies and guitarist Dave Davies together on stage, for the first time in nearly two decades.
At Dave’s concert at the Islington Assembly Hall in London earlier tonight (December 18), Ray shocked the audience by appearing on stage with his younger brother for a take through the Kinks’ earth-shaking, game-changng classic, “You Really Got Me.”
The brothers and bandmates have had a famously rough relationship, and haven’t performed together since the Kinks played their last show at Norwegian Wood in Oslo, Norway, in June of 1996. Both brothers have, on occasion, expressed interest in a reunion. So tonight’s performance will surely lead fans to believe that the Kinks will, at long last, get back together in 2016.
In 2013, Dave told Radio.com that the odds of a Kinks reunion were “50/50.” And in a 2014 interview (see the video below), Dave said of his brother, “I’m not sure if he really wants to do it, or he just wants to torture me with the idea of it!”
Needless to say, the Kinks fans on Twitter were excited about the reunion.
DHP Family (@DHPFamily) December 18, 2015
Chris Kocher (@RealChrisKocher) December 18, 2015
Simon Calder (@SimonCalder) December 18, 2015
The best Christmas present is seeing @davedavieskinks , probably. Seeing him and ray on stage. Phenomenal. I'm speechless—
Jamie Brilley (@JMBrilley) December 18, 2015
Dave Davies shared in their excitement, tweeting “We had a great night – it was a fun show – had a blast with Ray.”
We had a great night - it was a fun show - had a blast with Ray - Dave twitter.com/RealChrisKoche…—
Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) December 19, 2015
We look forward to following this story as it develops – if it develops – in 2016.