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Out now is Ray Davies' star-studded album of duets featuring over a dozen remakes of his Kinks classics, called See My Friends - Ray Davies & Special Guests. Highlights on the set include his re-recording with Bruce Springsteen of the 1981 Give The People What They Want track "Better Things," and the Kinks' 1964 breakthrough hit "You Really Got Me" with Metallica. Also joining Davies on the album are Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora on "Celluloid Heroes," Jackson Browne on "Waterloo Sunset," Billy Corgan for a medley of "All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer," and the late Alex Chilton -- in his final studio recording -- tackling "'Til The End Of The Day."
Davies was by Uncut what it was like to spend a day in the studio Springsteen: "It was remarkably easy to get him. We met at Madison Square Garden last (October), at a Rock And Roll Hall of Fame concert. I asked if he'd like to get involved with the record, and he said he's love to do 'Better Things.' It's almost like a song he would've written. I did my vocal with him live, face to face. It was like a standoff: two old gunfighters. His voice is full of gravel and soul. We hit some notes together that worked magically. He gives everything."
The Rock Hall concerts also hooked Davies up with Metallica, who join him on the remake of "You Really Got Me": "There's a lot of energy when you play with Metallica. Lars (Ulrich) doesn't take any prisoners on the drums. They were perfect for 'You Really Got Me.' Thoroughly nice chaps, too. Kirk (Hammett) wanted to do "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman." I think they even rehearsed it."
We recently asked Davies whether there's a chance that the rumored Kinks album of new tunes and outtakes will see a release anytime soon: "There is. I've been in the studio with a couple of the Kinks, actually -- not my brother -- but y'know, just sort of getting 'em sort of motivated and seeing what they're playing like, 'cause I haven't played with the Kinks for like eight, nine years, and we've got four or five new songs that are on the back burner. I've got with Mick, the original drummer, and the last keyboard player in the Kinks -- Ian Gibbons --who's on tour with me with this project. So, we've reunited to that extent. And the last bass player, Jim Rodford, and his predecessor (John Dalton). I'm still waiting for Dave to come into it."
There's been no release date set for any future Kinks projects.
Ray Davies tour dates (subject to change):
November 24 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
November 26 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
November 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center
November 28 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre