The classic rock sound of The Kinks comes to the The Flowerpot in Derby this week with a live date for The Kast Off Kinks – an all star band featuring former members of The Kinks themselves.
The Kinks, are often cited as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time.
Their first hit, You Really Got Me, in 1964, broke new ground with driving power chords and Dave Davies’ distorted guitar sounds, and created a template for many bands to follow in a rock and roll development which led variously to heavy metal, new wave and grunge.
Later work saw the band’s style change to more melodic songs, highlighting Ray Davies’ lyrical and observational skills in songs like Sunny Afternoon, Dead End Street and Waterloo Sunset.
Although the band’s popularity in the UK waned in the 1970s, they found new commercial success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and returned to the UK top 20 in 1983 with Come Dancing. The Kinks continued as a recording and gigging band until 1996, when the Davies brothers went their separate ways with solo careers.
The Kast Off Kinks formed in 1994 to keep the music playing on, and it is what the name implies.
Tthe original line-up consisted of the band that played Lola (apart from Ray and Dave), together with singer and guitarist Dave Clarke.
The current line-up is the band that played Come Dancing, still with Dave Clarke covering for the Davies brothers.
The gig at The Flowerpot is on Friday, March 4 and doors open at 8pm.
Tickets are £12 on the door or in advance from the venue or from Raw Promotions at www.rawpromo.co.uk
On Saturday, March 5, the Lancashire Hotpots are live at The Flowerpot. Please note that this gig has sold out.