Ray Davies Nabs Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Killers to Redo Kinks Cuts

February 24, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Ray Davies has recruited Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, the Killers and Lucinda Williams to help him re-record classic Kinks tracks for a new album due out late 2010, NJ.com reports (via Twenty Four Bit). The genesis of the project dates back to last year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts at Madison Square Garden, where Davies shared the stage with Metallica, who rocked out the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night." (NJ.com hints that Metallica might be on Davies' album as well.) Onstage at the October 2009 show, James Hetfield revealed he wasn't all that familiar with the Kinks when the band got paired Davies for the show. Admitting "We got completely schooled on early, early riff rock by this man and his band, the Kinks," Hetfield introduced Davies as “one of the original punks."

Relive the Hall of Fame concerts' epic team-ups in photos.

For the album, Springsteen and Davies teamed on "Better Things" off 1981's Give the People What They Want, while Bon Jovi re-recorded the Everybody's in Show-Biz ballad "Celluloid Heroes" with Davies, who came to the States in January to hit the studio with the two New Jersey natives. "Bruce took about two or three hours and Jon about the same, but they were well-prepped and I was very impressed," Davies told NJ.com. "I'm thrilled to have done the tracks with those two guys."

The Kinks' ultimate album-by-album guide.

Davies is also in the process of working on a new solo album and says a Kinks reunion is back on the table now that his younger brother Dave Davies, who suffered a stroke in 2004, is in better health. "Mick Avory and I are going through lots of tapes that we recorded with Dave, and we're sifting through the archives, "Davies told NJ.com. "We'll see if he wants to get involved again. It's in the works. It's really up to Dave."

Related Stories:
Hall of Fame Anniversary Rocks on With Second All-Star Night
Ray Davies Says Kinks Film In the Works, Reunion Unlikely
Ray Davies: Kinks Are "Three Quarters Of The Way" To Reunion

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