02:57PM, Thursday 29 June 2017
They played their part in one of Britain’s most influential rock bands.
Now, former members of The Kinks are back together and reliving the good times and performing the songs that made them a household name.
Mick Avory (drums), Ian Gibbons (keyboard/vocals) and John Dalton (bass) all helped support the Davies brothers, Ray and Dave, as they carved the band’s position into rock history.
The brothers’ volatile relationship inevitably saw them go their separate ways, but in 1994 the Kast Off Kinks were formed, and more than 20 years on, the group lives on.
Bassist John Dalton said: “It’s a lot more relaxed now. During our time in The Kinks there was a lot of tension and arguments going on.
“The four of us get on so well now and I probably enjoy playing with the Kast Off Kinks more because I haven’t got that worry.”
Former Beach Boys member Dave Clarke now fronts the group and the style of shows has changed somewhat, with theatre audiences treated to tales from the band’s history as well as the songs from their extensive back catalogue.
But the toe-tapping classics still form an integral part of the performance with You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon and Come Dancing just some of the tunes likely to get an airing.
John added: “I don’t understand bands who say they’re not going to play the old classics. I still really enjoy playing songs like You Really Got Me and get a real buzz off them.”
With John heading into his 60s, he decided to step away from music.
But five years ago he was coaxed back onto the stage and at 74 years old, he shows no sign of slowing down.
“I may be 74 but I’m still acting like I’m 18,” John said.
“I don’t really take much notice of it. I just go up there and do my bit. It obviously helps that I enjoy it so much.
“If it was a chore it would be a lot harder.”
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