Dave Davies Rules Out Kinks Reunion, Blasts Brother Ray

The Kinks guitarist on Ray Davies: 'He's an asshole ? it's toxic for me to be with him.'

November 1, 2010 12:05 PM ET

In his most emphatic language to date, Dave Davies has essentially ruled out any possibility of a Kinks reunion. 'I think the music is so beautiful it shouldn"t be tainted," he the guitarist told the Daily Mirror . 'It would be a shame. You don"t need to see silly old men in wheelchairs singing ‘You Really Got Me."" But Davies pointed to his long-standing rivalry with his brother Ray as the main reason the band won"t be getting back together. 'Ray"s an asshole," he said. 'You"ve heard of vampires, well, Ray sucks me dry of ideas, emotions and creativity. It"s toxic for me to be with him. He"s a control freak."

The Kinks: A History in Photos

In an interview with Rolling Stone just four months ago, Dave was far more optimistic about a Kinks reunion. 'It"s possible," he said. 'There's nothing in the pipeline yet, but we'll see ... It"s all water under the bridge now, but there was talk in the early 2000"s about doing weekends in New York and other big cities." In 2004, Davies suffered a stroke that left him barely able to walk or talk, let alone play guitar. He"s since made significant progress with physical therapy, but numerous planned solo tours have been cancelled under doctor"s orders, and hasn"t performed publicly since the stroke. The Kinks, meanwhile, haven"t performed together since their break-up in 1996. Founding bassist Pete Quaife died in June.

Related: Original Kinks Bassist Pete Quaife Dead at 66

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »