Kinks reunion still a possibility confirms Ray Davies

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A reunion of The Kinks is still very much a possibility according to Ray Davies.

Speaking in yesterday’s The Sunday Times (8th of June), Davies revealed: “I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again.”

“We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again.”

“We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits,” continued Davies. “It’s got to be something new.”

Speaking in the February edition of Uncut magazine, Ray Davies had previously discussed the possibility of Kinks shows in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the group. “It’s as close as it’s ever been to happening,” he said then.

“I said to Ray I thought that it’d be a great shame if we don’t try and do something,” said guitarist Dave Davies. “I don’t think our love has diminished. I think the stage-play has played itself out a bit, the pretence and the acting. I think it’s time reality took over, and started directing the last years of… whatever it is. It’s like Cain and Abel.”

Though Davies added: “I don’t want to see the legacy of The Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money.”

Watch this space!

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The Hold Steady confirmed for Great Escape’s Uncut stage


The Hold Steady have been confirmed to play Uncut magazine’s sponsored stage at this year’s Great Escape festival.

The band will join the likes of Trans, Courtney Barnett, Ethan Johns, Alice Boman and Syd Arthur, all of whom have already been announced.

The Great Escape takes place across 35 venues in and around Brighton between the 8th and 10th of May. Last month, Wild Beasts and These New Puritans were confirmed for the event, and a list of a further 100 artists has been revealed today.

Tickets can be purchased via the Great Escape website or in person at Resident Records in Brighton.

The Hold Steady’s new album, Teeth Dreams, was released this week.

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Morrissey announces new solo album


Morrissey has announced the details of his next solo album.

The news comes via his semi-official fan site, True To You. In a post there, he reveals that the album will be called World Peace is None of Your Business, and is slated for release this summer via Harvest Records.

Morrissey himself is said to be “beyond ecstatic” about the album, which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli in France.

At the end of 2013, Morrissey’s guitarist Jesse Tobias told Uncut magazine that the singer had two albums worth of songs ready to record.

Morrissey’s last studio album was Years Of Refusal in 2009.

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Billy Corgan says “I should’ve quit Smashing Pumpkins…”

Billy CorganBilly Corgan has told Uncut magazine that he should’ve quit Smashing Pumpkins when drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was fired.

Speaking in an interview in the October issue, Corgan says: “Did Jimmy being sacked cripple the band?” Oh, absolutely. I should’ve quit right then. Instead, I doubled-down on a bad situation, and it got worse. The band went into a Cold War vibe. People stopped talking. And with walking away from rock stylistically, I was burning my bridges.”

During the tour to support Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Chamberlin and touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin both overdosed on heroin – Melvoin fatally so. Chamberlin was dismissed from the band shortly afterwards.

The October issue of Uncut hits newsstands on August 28th.