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Ray Davies Says Conflict Between Brother and Drummer Mick Avory Could Quash Kinks Reunion

Decca Label GroupRecent comments from The KinksRay and Dave Davies have suggested that the contentious siblings are finally close to agreeing on doing a new project together in the coming year. NowRay now has revealed a major roadblock is standing in the way of a band reunion.

The 70-year-old singer/songwriter tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that the obstacle to reunion is Dave’s refusal to play with the group’s founding drummer, Mick Avory.

“I really can’t play with my brother as that name, The Kinks, and not have Mick in,” explains Ray.  “Mick will work with him but Dave doesn’t want to work with Mick.  Sibling rivalry is nothing on their rivalry.  I have no idea what’s wrong with them.”

Ray and Dave’s animosity toward each other has been well documented, but Dave and Mick’s mutual dislike goes way back as well.  They’ve reportedly come to blows on numerous occasions dating at least as far back as 1965.

Asked whether the disagreement was impossible to overcome, Ray answered, “Yeah.  This week it is.”

Meanwhile, Ray’s complicated relationship with his brother is one of the focal points of the stage musical he wrote based on The Kinks’ early years.  Titled Sunny Afternoon, it opened recently on London’s West End.

Ray describes the production as “a song cycle about two lads who didn’t really fit together.” He adds, “I never really had a relationship with my brother in a normal way.  But what’s wonderful is the telepathy we have.  Or did have.”

Sunny Afternoon is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre through January 31, 2015.

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