Quote: "Adele, she's a performer, she has a wonderful voice. Ed Sheeran is an interesting vocalist. But I think generally speaking they're the newer artists that have embraced the corporate world and therefore a lot of their music sounds very corporate. Not saying it's wrong to be that way. I prefer the cutting edge of music... I think it's probably easier to be an artist now than when the Kinks started." Ray Davies shares his thoughts about modern British pop stars.
Quote: "I'm still waiting hopefully for the phone call to go back on the road and tour with The Kinks. I tour now, I've got a good band who I've been with for a few years. But I still carry The Kinks in my mind... I never say never because suddenly these things will happen." Rocker Ray Davies is keen to reform his old band.
Fact: The Kinks star Ray Davies and former Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall will be honoured at the U.K.'s Gold Badge Awards for their contributions to the music industry. The ceremony, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, will take place in London on 19 October (11).
Quote: "I'm torn between selling the place and opening it up as a museum of the recording arts." The Kinks star Ray Davies can't decide what to do with his fabled London recording studio Konk.
Fact: Former The Kinks star Ray Davies is to curate next year's (11) Meltdown festival in London. The singer will help suggest the line-up for the music event, which takes place in June (11). Previous curators include Morrissey and David Bowie.
Quote: "An element of it is still alive - a good feeling of national heritage - but urban culture is taking over. Laddishness. Lack of respect for tradition." The Kinks star Ray Davies is dismayed at modern British culture.
Quote: "He would come over and lend me a guitar. He became my friend... He helped me a lot." The Kinks star Ray Davies paid tribute to late rocker ALEX CHILTON during his South By Southwest festival showcase on Thursday night (18Mar10) before dedicating his Till the End of the Day, which Chilton once covered, to the Big Star leader. Davies recalled Chilton came to the Brit's aid when he was shot in January 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Quote: "I live alone, except for my dog... The people I'm attracted to would never go near celebrity or fame... That's why I spend so much time away from the limelight." THE Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde likes to keep her private life private after high-profile romances with Ray Davies and JIM KERR.
Quote: "It affected an old football (soccer) injury from when I was a kid. But I'm getting by. I'm having a good day today." The bullet wound ex-The Kinks frontman Ray Davies sustained during a 2004 mugging still bothers him.
Quote: <p>"At one point I was actually fighting for my life, which is more than most people know." THE KINKS star Ray Davies reveals he was in a worse condition than most people realise after he was shot in the leg while chasing a mugger in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2004. </p>
Quote: <p>"I bought a meditation DVD but I've never got past the first five minutes. I fall asleep." THE KINKS singer Ray Davies finds some methods of relaxation a little too relaxing. </p>