Ray Davies to play the Wilbur Theatre

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After cancelling a performance at the Boston venue last year, Kinks frontman Ray Davies has announced plans to perform at the Wilburt Theatre as part of his upcoming fall tour of the United States. The performance will take place on Wednesday, November 23. Tickets for the show are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $57 and $77.

Davies will be touring in support of his latest release, See My Friends. The album, which reached #12 in the UK last November and was later released in the United States last April, is comprised classic Kinks songs turned into unique collaborations with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Jackson Browne, Mumford & Sons and more. The project kick-started when Davies recorded a version of “Till The End Of The Day” in the summer of 2009 with Alex Chilton.

“With some tracks I had to appreciate the style of the other artists, otherwise it would have sounded unbalanced,” explained Davies in a press release. “And I wanted the album to work as an entire listening experience but each track had a life of its own”.

Davies traveled all across the globe to complete See My Friends: Oslo via Denmark, Germany and Belgium to record with Metallica, New York to record with Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey for Bruce Springsteen, Chicago for Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins and his own north London base, the legendary KONK studios, for much of the rest. Paloma Faith, Black Francis of the Pixies, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Lucinda Williams, Amy MacDonald, Spoon, Lucinda Williams and The 88 also appear on the new album.

Last November, Davies was forced to cancel his Boston show when doctors ordered that he not fly or embark ground travel until an undisclosed medical condition was stabilized to their satisfaction.

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  1. Ray Davies is one of the underrated pioneers and best lyricists in rock. Rockaeology at http://bit.ly/dKsllt tells how Ray stood up to Pye Records right at the beginning when producers tried to dictate how “You Really Got Me” should sound. Ray said, “I’d leave the music business first because I’d never write another song like it.” A brilliant musician who always went by what was creative, not commercial.

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