Kinks Cofounder Dave Davies to Play the Colonial

Dave Davies

Dave Davies



(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Guitarist Dave Davies, who with his brother, Ray Davies, cofounded the incredibly influential English rock group the Kinks, will perform at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at 7:30pm.

While Ray Davies was the group’s primary singer and songwriter, Dave Davies’s contributions, particularly to the group’s sound, as well as the tension – creative and otherwise — between the two brothers, helped define the Kinks’s place in the rock pantheon.

Dave Davies forever changed music after he sliced up the speaker cone of a little green amp and created a revolutionary, distorted guitar tone and frenetic solo on song “You Really Got Me.” Musicologist Joe Harrington described the Kinks’ influence: “‘You Really Got Me’, ‘All Day and All of the Night’ were predecessors of the whole three-chord genre. The Kinks did a lot to help turn rock ‘n’ roll into rock.”

In 1998, writer Bill Crowley wrote,”As lead guitarist and founder of The Kinks, Dave Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, without whom guitar-rock styles including heavy metal and punk would have been inconceivable. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave’s massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day.”

Since the early days, Davies has worked on a slew of critically acclaimed records, ranging from solo hit song “Death of a Clown,” to experimental Kinks records like “Village Green Preservation Society” and “Arthur” and classic song “Lola” in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Davies released experimentally prescient solo work like the eponymous album “Dave Davies or AFL1-3603” named after himself and/or the barcode symbol face cover art. His mainstream success continued in the ‘80s on hit Kinks albums “Low Budget” and “State of Confusion.”

In the 1990s he released more solo work such as “Bug” and the compilation “Unfinished Business.” His songs have been featured in films by John Carpenter and on television shows like “The Sopranos” which used his tune “Living on a Thin Line.” His tell-all autobiographical book “Kink” was well received in the late 1990s as well. In recent years, Davies has collaborated creatively with his sons. In 2010, he worked with son Russell Davies to create the hauntingly, beautiful rock electronica album, “The Aschere Project.” Mystical Journey, directed by son Martin Davies, narrates Davies ‘s longtime interest in the paranormal, Eastern philosophies and spirituality (the film inspired Julien Temple’s BBC documentary Kinkdom Kome).

Davies’s new album, “I Will Be Me,” is a return to his groundbreaking guitar sound and innovative songwriting. His classically English voice shows off a new deepness but still hits his famous high notes in this collection. Hard rocking track “Living in the Past,” takes a look at obsession with retro but, ever the Mod, Dave surprises with the lyric, “no matter what they do or say, the future’s here to stay!” He takes a look back with “Little Green Amp,” a playful, punk homage to days when his jagged, blues-driven sound wave ripped ahead of the British Invasion through stereos the world over. “Cote du Rhone (I Will Be Me),” an uncensored look at ugliness in the world today, is as angry and biting as ever with an innovative heavy slide guitar tone.

Tickets to Dave Davies are on sale now for $30, $50, and $70. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at the Colonial Theatre. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.




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