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The Kinks’ Dave Davies Celebrating His 71st Birthday

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Happy Birthday to Kinks co-founder and lead guitarist Dave Davies who turns 71 on Saturday (February 3rd)!!! Last March, Davies released his latest album, titled Open Road, a collaborative venture between him and son Russ Davies. The collection marked Dave’s first studio set since 2014’s critically acclaimed Rippin’ Up Time album. Davies will be hitting the road next month for a series of theatre dates. During a recent chat, Dave told us the he and brother Ray Davies had completed a set of demos for the first new Kinks project since the band’s last album, 1994’s To The Bone.

Currently in post-production is the long awaited documentary release Dave Davies: Strangers, which is directed by Dave’s son Martin Davies. The film chronicles Dave’s touring life today with a one-of-kind look back to the Kinks’ heyday through both Dave’s recollections and personal film archive.

Back on December 18th, 2015, Ray and Dave Davies finally performed onstage together for the first time since disbanding nearly 20 years previously. Older brother Ray joined Dave and his band at London’s London’s Islington Assembly Hall for a runthrough of the Kinks’ 1964 breakthrough hit “You Really Got Me.” The following day, Dave posted on Twitter: “We had a great night — it was a fun show — had a blast with Ray.”

Dave Davies explained to us the diversity of the Kinks’ sound: “I always think that that was the really important thing about Kinks music in general — is that it’s so diverse. And I think it’s worked against us as well, with record companies sometimes expecting to hear two songs and that dictates the theme and the sound of the whole album — especially in the ’70s and ’80s. God!”

Photo Courtesy of Mark Hayward Archives

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