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Sir Ray reveals new musical project as he accepts royal honour

The Kinks frontman Sir Ray Davies has revealed he is writing a new musical about siblings.

Sir Ray, lead singer and songwriter for the band, gave little away about his new project after he was knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

"It's about siblings," he told the Press Association. "I can't tell you too much about that."

The 72-year-old said it was "partially" inspired by the famously rocky relationship with his brother, who once described a pattern of "jealousy, hatred and envy" between the pair before The Kinks disbanded in 1996.

The pair recently reunited in Islington's Assembly Hall in London for the first time in almost 20 years, where they sang You Really Got Me.

Newly knighted Sir Ray said: "It lasted three minutes and it went very well and I said goodbye and went home."

The musical will not be the first time Sir Ray has stepped into the world of theatre.

His musical Come Dancing won the Mobius Award for best Off-West End production in 2009 and Sunny Afternoon won four Olivier Awards.

The Kinks were formed in 1963 and became one of the era's most popular bands, with Sir Ray penning classics such as Waterloo Sunset and Sunny Afternoon.

The band's influence on acts like Oasis and Blur earned Sir Ray the nickname Godfather of Britpop.

However, he said that receiving the knighthood honour had made him re-evaluate his life's work.

"I don't think of myself as a musician strangely enough," he said.

"I'm a creative person. If I had a card it would say Sir Raymond Davies, creative person."

Sir Ray, born in Muswell Hill, north London, said he was accepting the award for his family.

"I hope it inspires people to do the work. I kept on working, regardless. I was speaking to Don McCullin and we kept on doing it."

He said he found the ceremony "moving", particularly the classical music which played as Prince Charles handed out the honours.

"It's quite moving with the music and the theatrics. I listen to this kind of music often," he added.


From Belfast Telegraph