Dave Davies

Dave Davies set to rip up Islington

Dave Davies of The Kinks is celebrating his contribution to rock ‘n’ roll at Islington Assembly Hall in London.

The rare concert, on 18 December 2015, also marks the release of the legendary guitarist’s new live album, ‘Rippin’ Up New York City’, and a new documentary film, ‘Dave Davies: Strangers’.

Tickets go on sale on 13 July at www.alt-tickets.co.uk and the 24 Hour Box Office (0844 871 8819).

The co-founder and lead guitarist of The Kinks will perform a set of solo songs, hits, and Kinks classics like ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘All Day And All Of The Night’. The creator of the first heavy metal guitar tone and riff – by slicing his amp speaker with a razor blade – will be joined by Jonathan Lea on second guitar, Tom Currier on bass, and Dennis Diken of The Smithereens on drums.

Since the 1960s the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has helped shape the genre through solo hit songs like ‘Death of a Clown’ and ‘Susannah’s Still Alive’, as well as classics including ‘Lola’, ‘Come On Now’, and ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ by The Kinks.

His music continues to have an impact. ‘Strangers’, which has been covered by several artists including Norah Jones, appeared in Wes Anderson’s ‘Darjeeling Limited’, while one of Davies’ most popular Kinks songs, ‘Living on a Thin Line’, featured in ‘The Sopranos’.

And, despite spending much of the early 2000s learning to walk, talk, and play guitar again following a stroke, Davies continues to create. In 2010 he and son Russell Davies collaborated on the rock electronica album, ‘The Aschere Project’ and three years later solo album ‘I Will Be Me’ marked a return to his roots – and the stage.

His return to playing live in the US provided the inspiration needed for another album, ‘Rippin’ Up Time’, released last year and followed by more touring. During this time he recorded two nights at the City Winery NYC, which will see the light of day as ‘Rippin’ Up New York City’ in August 2015.

Davies is also currently working with his son Martin on the new documentary film ‘Dave Davies: Strangers’.


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