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Kinks set to reform for new gigs

The Kinks' Ray Davies has hinted that he could reunite with his brother Dave, after an 18-year hiatus.

The group, who had hits such as Waterloo Sunset, Lola and You Really Got Me after they formed in 1964, split up in 1996 after a long-running feud between the siblings.

Ray sparked speculation over a potential reformation after he told The Sunday Times: "I met Dave only last week to talk about getting together again. We've also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed."

He later wrote on Facebook: "Ray & Dave Davies have started meeting about a potential The Kinks reunion, but we're not quite there yet."

The brothers have an explosive relationship. Dave once claimed that when his brother stamped on his 50th birthday cake, any chance of a Kinks reunion was over, and called his elder sibling "toxic", while Ray retorted: "I don't know what his problem is, apart from pride."

Dave later said: "I don't want to see the legacy of the Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money."

Both brothers, who have enjoyed solo success since The Kinks ended, are aware that their musical partnership is special.

Ray previously told The Observer: "When we were together, it was aggressive, violent, powerful, but we triggered off each other. We don't see each other much, but this morning I found two songs we recorded together at my house on my computer. It's unforgettable, his sound."

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