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2 March 2014

dave davies

Dave Davies of the Kinks returns to London to perform his first UK concert for 13 years at the Barbican Hall on Friday 11th April.

This concert will see him celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the revolutionary guitar sound he created which launched the Kinks into international stardom and influenced the future of rock.

Special guests will be Laura & Pixi and Tickets are on sale from Friday 28th February at 9am from the Barbican Hall box office - 0207 638 8891 or can be booked online from

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"You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night were predecessors of the whole three-chord genre," says musicologist Joe Harrington. "The Kinks did a lot to help turn rock 'n' roll into rock."

As lead guitarist and co-founder of the Kinks, Dave Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, enthuses writer Bill Crowley. His distinctive guitar style went on to have major impact on several key guitar-rock styles, including heavy metal and punk. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Dave's massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day."

Since the early days, Dave 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 the classic song Lola in 1970.

In the 1980s Dave released experimentally prescient solo work like the eponymous album titled Dave Davies or AFL1-3603 named after himself and/or the barcode symbol face cover art. Mainstream success continued with the hit Kinks albums Low Budget and State of Confusion, as they re-attained the commercial success they previously had in America in the mid-60s, before they were unfairly banned for 4 years.

In the 1990s Dave released more solo work such as Bug and the compilation Unfinished Business. His songs have been featured in films by John Carpenter and Wes Anderson, who featured Strangers in Darjeeling Limited (the song has been covered by numerous artists including Norah Jones). One of Dave's most popular Kinks songs Living on a Thin Line was used in the HBO television show "The Sopranos".

Dave's latest 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. He is beginning work on a new album. No matter how diverse the ambition, Dave Davies puts his heart and soul in all of his projects.

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