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Ray Davies warns of rising gun crime in U.K.

October 7th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Ray Davies
The Kinks rocker Ray Davies fears gun crime levels in the U.K. are rivalling those in America.

The musician has opened up about how he was shot during an attempted robbery while on vacation in New Orleans in 2004, and the star is adamant his native Britain is becoming just as dangerous - especially due to a rise in gang crimes in London.

He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It is disturbing how it is now on the increase, even in my home area of Muswell Hill (in London)."

Speaking in detail about his own shooting experience, he added, "You know about fight or flight - well I responded with fig...

Ray Davies Proclaims He's 'Negotiating' Kinks Reunion

October 6th, 2013 3:34am EDT
Ray Davies
Ray Davies has fueled talk of a The Kinks reunion to mark the band's 50th anniversary next year, revealing, "It's negotiating".

The renowned musician was asked about the chances of reforming the band he founded with his brother Dave during an appearance on a BBC TV breakfast show and he revealed the feuding siblings are at least talking about the possibilities of a get together.

He said, "I'm not sure... There's got to be new music involved. I'm proud of the back catalogue... but I was talking to my brother two weeks ago and as long as there's something new to go forward with... I'd do ...

Chrissie Hynde's daughter arrested in fracking protest

August 1st, 2013 3:10am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Rock legends Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' activist daughter was arrested on Wednesday (31Jul13) for gluing herself to her boyfriend during a protest against fracking.

Natalie Hynde glued her hands to those of her partner Simon Medhurst at the entrance of a proposed gas drilling site in Sussex, England.

The pair, who had spent several days protesting at the spot, was separated from Medhurst and taken into custody.

The 30 year old was previously arrested in February (13) for chaining herself to a tree in a bid to prevent developers from destroying nature spot Combe Haven Valley in Hasti...

John Lydon to be honoured for music career

July 18th, 2013 3:20am EDT
John Lydon
Punk legend John Lydon is to be feted for his contribution to music at the upcoming BMI London Awards in October (13).

The former Sex Pistols frontman, also known as Johnny Rotten, will follow in the footsteps of music greats Bryan Ferry and Ray Davies when he is handed the Icon Award, which is presented to songwriters who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers".

Del Bryant, the president of BMI, says, "John Lydon is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world.

"We are very pleased to recognise his impact on popu...

The Eurythmics Among 2013 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees

October 11th, 2012 9:53am EDT
Steven Tyler, Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks are among the artists who will be competing for a place in the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tyler is joined in the list of nominees by his Aerosmith bandmate and writing partner Joe Perry, while Lennox's Eurythmics collaborator Dave Stewart is also included, along with Nicks' Fleetwood Mac co-stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

Blues legend B.B. King and The Kinks' Ray Davies are also among the nominees for the 2013 inductees.

Voting ends in December and the chosen artists will be inducted at a gala ceremony in New York City on J...

Spice Girls, The Who & More U.K. Acts Close London Olympics

August 13th, 2012 8:42am EDT
Victoria Beckham
Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.

Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.

George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed ...

Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

September 7th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...

The Kinks Hits Used In New School Play

September 4th, 2011 9:07pm EDT
Ray Davies
Former Kinks rocker Ray Davies has shunned the bright lights of London's West End theater district and turned the band's classics into a school musical.

The British star has been working on "Child's Play," which chronicles the last 60 years of cultural and political life in the U.K., and it will be performed for the first time in London's Southbank center Sunday by teenage students from Cumbria, north-west England.

A slew of The Kinks' hits, such as "Waterloo Sunset," "All Day and All of the Night" and "Dead End Street," will be featured in the production, although Davies himself will not...

Keith Richards & Mick Jagger Top Rock Feuds List

November 25th, 2010 11:45am EST
Rolling Stones
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger's on/off feud has handed the Rolling Stones bandmates the top spot on a new list of warring rockers.

The duo has beaten Simon & Garfunkel to the number one position on Rolling Stone magazine's new Greatest Rock Feuds Of All Time countdown.

The publication's editors handed the Brits top place following the pair's recent falling out over extracts in Richards' new biography Life, in which the guitarist mocked the frontman's "tiny dodger", among a series of surprising jibes.

The top five list is:

1. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
2. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

The Kinks' Ray Davies To Seek Stars Through Reality TV?

November 7th, 2009 7:00pm EST
Ray Davies
The Kinks star Ray Davies is considering launching a reality TV talent hunt to find the stars of his planned new musical about the cult 1960s band.

The "Come Dancing" singer has revealed he's developing a stage musical about his upbringing, his turbulent relationship with brother and ex-bandmate Dave Davies and the group's success - and he can't think of anyone to play the leads onstage.

So he's planning to audition hopefuls on TV.

Davies tells WENN, "I'm developing a Kinks musical now which is really exciting. It's about the band. People think of the Kinks as these guys in red ...

Bono Apologizes For Chris Martin Insult

February 27th, 2009 12:04pm EST
U2 frontman Bono has been forced to apologize after insulting Chris Martin during a live radio broadcast.

The Irish rocker called the Coldplay singer a "w**ker" during an interview on British station Radio One on Friday. The show's host, Jo Whiley, stopped the session and forced the star to apologize to listeners for the outburst. Bono retracted his previous comment, saying "Oops! Sorry, sorry, I'm a reformed character - I don't do that (swear) any more," before going on to label Martin "a completely dysfunctional character and a cretin" instead.

Bono insists that no matter what...

Cambodian Adventure 'Sleepwalking Through The Mekong', From Dengue Fever, On DVD April 14

February 22nd, 2009 9:00am EST
Dengue Fever
-"An engagingly different rock 'n 'roll documentary," According to Daily Variety, includes DVD and CD Soundtrack Which Celebrates The Music and Culture of Cambodia

-Tour Dates for Australia, New Zealand and United States Confirmed

M80 Music announced that the documentary film Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, will be released on April 14, 2009 as two-disc set via Nail Distribution and online via IODA. The package features a DVD and a CD soundtrack of the film.

Sleepwalking Through The Mekong chronicles the journey taken by Los Angeles based Khmer rock band Dengue Fever (www.m...

Hall & Oates 'Live At The Troubadour' Out Nov. 25; See Four Songs From The DVD Here!

November 21st, 2008 7:00pm EST
Hall & Oates
In May 2008, Daryl Hall and John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile" and "Kiss On My List," will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.

"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl...

Chances For Kinks Reunion Improving

October 26th, 2008 4:30pm EDT
The Kinks
Legendary rock band The Kinks have taken a step closer to a reunion - frontman Ray Davies' brother Dave is back on his feet after a long illness. The 60s rockers are keen to reunite for live gigs and to record new material, but Davies revealed last month that they were only "three quarters of the way" towards their dream because Dave Davies still feels the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2004.

But the "You Really Got Me" hitmakers are now eyeing up a series of gigs next year - because their ailing guitarist is on the mend.

Ray Davies says, "Dave seems very chipper and on good f...

Switches To Tour With She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet & The Virgins

May 18th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
"Well, the idea was a band, but we're really a neurotic bunch of obsessive compulsive weirdos," Switches singer Matt Bishop says.

The neurotic obsessive-compulsive weirdos, pulled through impressively and way fantastically, and on March 18, 2008 Switches released their debut album, Lay Down The Law, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) on Interscope.

Strangely, Switches, who now all live in London, came together naturally and easily. Matt grew up in Southend (a low-rent seaside town, something like the old Asbury Park neighbourhood) and formed the band while at college:...

Dave Davies: 'Kinks Unlikely To Reform'

January 9th, 2008 6:00pm EST
The Kinks
The Kinks star Dave Davies is playing down reports the legendary band plans to reunite.

The Waterloo Sunset rocker claims he hasn't been contacted by his former band mate and brother Ray Davies, who recently spoke of his desire to resurrect The Kinks.

He says, "To be honest, Ray and I haven't even spoken in over six months. So not only hasn't a tour been planned, it hasn't even been discussed. I am focused on my solo career right now and that's all I'm concerned with at the moment."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

The Kinks Plan A 2008 Comeback

January 3rd, 2008 12:33pm EST
The Kinks
The Kinks have vowed to make a comeback this year - but only if two of their band members recover from ill health. Frontman Ray Davies admits the band is in talks about a reunion tour, but any comeback relies on the health of guitarist Dave Davies and bass player Pete Quaife.

However Davies, who suffered a stroke in 2004, and Quaife, who is suffering from kidney problems, are said to be keen to make a return to the stage - 12 years after the band split.

Davies says, "I spoke to Quaife about a month ago and he dearly wants to make another record with me. I think Dave's getting be...

Ray Davies Plans A Kinks Reunion

November 19th, 2007 10:15am EST
Ray Davies
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies has hinted the legendary rock group are planning a comeback - but only if the band are able to write and record new material. The You Really Got Me hit maker, who has found success as a solo artist since the band's split in 1996, has agreed to the idea of a reunion - but refuses to play any of the British rockers' past hits.

He says, "I really would like to get together if we had new music. Otherwise it's just a nostalgia evening: 'Karaoke Kinks'."

-More Kinks News

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

New Ray Davies Songs Inspired By Shooting

November 5th, 2007 3:06pm EST
Ray Davies
Rock legend Ray Davies was so traumatized after he was shot by a thief, he used the incident to inspire an upcoming album. The Kinks icon, 63, was shot in the leg while chasing a man who had stolen his friend's wallet in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2004.

And the singer was determined to take positives out of the terrible experience.

He says, "I was on a drip, waiting and watching them (the medical staff) talking to an orderly. I started writing notes which I've still got on a hospital pad. I haven't changed the words much and the song is basically the same as it was written at the ...

A Cavalcade Of Stars To Judge Songwriting Competition

August 14th, 2007 9:39am EDT
Brian Wilson
A galaxy of legendary musicians including Brian Wilson, Tom Waits, Ray Davies, Nelly Furtado, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn and Frank Black are the judges of this year's International Songwriting Competition.

Wannabe songwriters' entries will be listened to by the A-list panel, who will award one lucky winner $25,000 in cash and a further $20,000 worth of prizes. Two runners-up will also take home cash prizes.

Ornette Coleman, former New Order star Peter Hook, The Cure's Robert Smith, Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Macy Gray and Sean Paul are also on...

Kinks Singer Fumes After Charges Against Shooter Are Dropped

July 27th, 2007 11:41am EDT
Ray Davies
Charges against a man accused of shooting The Kinks rocker Ray Davies have been dropped, after he failed to appear in court for the second time. Davies, 63, was shot in the leg while chasing a man who had stolen his friend's wallet in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January 2004.

The case against Jerome Barra, 28, was dismissed - but the singer claims he was given just a few days warning the trial would begin on Thursday and didn't have the time to travel to the city.

The rocker says, "I am very disappointed with the way this case has been handled. I intend to pursue it further."


Celebrity Birthdays, June 21

June 21st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Juliette Lewis
Happy Birthday to The Killers singer Brandon Flowers (1981), Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger (1976), actress/singer Juliette Lewis (1973), "The Matrix" director Larry Wachowski (1965), actor Doug Savant (1964), country singer Kathy Mattea (1959), actor Leigh McCloskey (1955), "Dances With Wolves" actor Robert Pastorelli (1954; d. 2004), musician Nils Lofgren (1951), "Family Ties" stars Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter (1947), American musician Brenda Holloway (1946), The Kinks singer Ray Davies (1944), actress Mariette Hartley (1940), "Cocoon" actress Maureen Stapleton (1925; d. 2006), and...

British Pop Icons Erasure Announce New Studio Album, 'Light At The End Of The World,' Due May 22

April 20th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Erasure-the iconic British pop duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clark who've sold more than 20 million albums worldwide-have released their new single "I Could Fall in Love With You" through Mute on April 3. The song is taken from their new album Light At The End Of The World due out May 22. Coming after 2006's Union Street-an acoustic album of drastically rearranged lesser-known Erasure songs that was recorded with a full band and underlined the enduring quality of the material--Light At The End Of The World is a potent return to classic, totally electronic Erasure form as last heard on 2005's ...

Pub Keeps Kinks Memorabilia

April 6th, 2007 10:26am EDT
The Kinks
A London pub landlord has caved into protests from fans of The Kinks to keep iconic band memorabilia at the establishment. Brothers Ray and Dave Davies pleaded with the new owner of The Clissold Arms not to remove photos, plaques and records from the venue - where they played their first gig in 1963 - to make room for an upmarket eatery.

Retaining the shrine to the Waterloo Sunset rockers attracted the support of ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, singer Marianne Faithfull and film director Julien Temple, who all signed a petition.

And the campaign seems to have worked. Caroline Jones, of the...

The Kinks Urge Pub Landlord To Keep Memorabilia

March 23rd, 2007 9:39am EDT
The Kinks
British rockers The Kinks have slammed a London bar landlord for planning to erase an iconic piece of the band's history. Brothers Ray and Dave Davies have pleaded with the new owner of The Clissold Arms not to remove iconic Kinks memorabilia from the venue - where they played their first gig in 1963 - to make room for an upmarket eatery.

The shrine to the Waterloo Sunset rockers includes guitars, records and souvenirs, displayed in a specially designated 'Kinks Corner' in the bar.

Ray says, "I would urge whoever has bought the pub (bar) to retain some reference to The Kinks so fa...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 1)

December 31st, 2006 12:00pm EST
Arctic Monkeys
From Arctic Monkeys to Zutons to Britney's divorce to the most overplayed song of the year (hint: it's not James Blunt's You're Beautiful), 2006 was unmatched in musical diversity. There were albums we didn't even realize came out and artists we didn't even realize were still around. There were reunions and breakups too. Here's a brief summary of 2006: The Year in Music...

The new year kicked off somewhat quietly; however, it was the debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, from the Arctic Monkeys, the band that U.S. critics bashed despite storming to the top of the...

Locksley: The Only Unsigned Band With A Video On MTV

October 16th, 2006 11:44am EDT
Wisconsin is one of those Midwest states that we all assume is running rampant with overweight Miller High Life drinking blue collar boys at Lambeau Field. Not exactly where you'd imagine the next Brit-Pop sensations coming from, that's for sure. This is a state better known for their cheese and... um, well yeah just cheese, than their good taste in music. But their latest export, Locksley, will be changing that stereotype soon enough.

Having relocated to the more "musically-respectable" neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Locksley is well on their way to becoming everyone's favorite new band. ...

The Pretenders' First Two Albums Expanded With Bonus Discs of Live and Unreleased Music; Out Oct. 3

September 26th, 2006 12:36pm EDT
Despite only releasing two albums, the legacy of the Pretenders' original lineup still looms large. Singer Chrissie Hynde; guitarist James Honeyman Scott; bassist Pete Farndon; and drummer Martin Chambers scored back-to-back Top 10 albums on both sides of the Atlantic in 1980 and 1981. Rhino adds to the iconic band's canon with double-disc editions of the Pretenders' debut and follow-up that feature live cuts, demos, and previously unreleased tracks; both re-releases are due October 3.

Two years after the band formed in London, Sire issued the Pretenders' full-length debut in 1980, whi...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 21

June 21st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Juliette Lewis
Happy Birthday to The Killers singer Brandon Flowers (1981), Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger (1976), actress/singer Juliette Lewis (1973), "The Matrix" director Larry Wachowski (1965), actor Doug Savant (1964), country singer Kathy Mattea (1959), actor Leigh McCloskey (1955), "Dances With Wolves" actor Robert Pastorelli (1954; d. 2004), musician Nils Lofgren (1951), "Family Ties" stars Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter (1947), American musician Brenda Holloway (1946), The Kinks singer Ray Davies (1944), actress Mariette Hartley (1940), "Cocoon" actress Maureen Stapleton (1925; d. 2006), and...

Chance Of A Reunion For The Kinks?

January 31st, 2006 5:05pm EST
The Kinks
British music icons The Kinks could be heading for an unlikely reunion - if an upcoming meeting produces results. Frontman Ray Davies has pledged to get together with former bandmates, including his feuding brother Dave Davies, who recently suffered a heart attack, in a bid to see if the Waterloo Sunset rockers are still "relevant".

Davies tells style magazine GQ, "If The Kinks want to have a meeting, get together and play music, and if we feel it's relevant to go in and make a record, we shall do it. I do not want to do a golden-oldies tour, just there for nostalgia. We were never nos...

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