Since 1997, Dave Davies, the driving guitar sound behind the Kinks, has conducted
tours of the East Coast and West Coast of the U.S. with a new band. Given
that the same questions about these and possible upcoming shows keep being
asked time and time again, Leslie Ohanian, Joanne Corsano and Fritz Milhaupt have prepared
this FAQ. We don't claim to have a lot of "inside" information--
most of this information has been culled from the Kinks Preservation Society
(KPS) digests, posts in the alt.fan.kinks Usenet newsgroup, Dave's Facebook page, a number of publically
available Web sites, and our experiences at Dave's shows in the Midwest and
Eastern United States.
We intend to keep this site updated with news on anything at all related
to Dave's upcoming solo works, and the future solo tours we eagerly await!
This site is based on our personal experiences at Dave's shows. For this
reason, the reviews are written in the first person. People who have a problem
with that are free to not bother with coming back to this site. It won't hurt
our feelings (Really, it won't!).
With regard to show listings, we strongly recommend that you confirm show
dates with the venue before making travel plans. As we are simply passing
along what we've learned and have no official connection with the venues,
we specifically disclaim any and all responsibility for any incovenience caused
by schedule changes and cancellations of shows listed on this site. In other
words, we have no control over these things, so we refuse to take any grief
An "RDF" is a "Raving Dave Fan." RDFs can be identified
by several telltale signs:
- They know the words to "Mindless Child of Motherhood" and "Trust
- They own at least one copy of Kink in both hardcover and
- They know why it's funny for Dave to sing "David Watts"
at his live shows.
- They aren't heartbroken that Dave has chosen not to include "Lola"
in his solo show.
- They call it "Strangers," not "Where Ya Goin' To..."
- They can list the tracks intended for The Album That Never Was,
even though it never was.
- They've refused to buy another album from Warner Bros. until Chosen
People is released on CD.
- They know the true name of "the barcode album."1
- They've considered buying another car to use up that last KPS bumper sticker
they got from FranK Lima.
- They can understand this list was written "tongue-in-cheek."
The RDF Kollective traces its beginnings to May 7, 1997, when a
pair of Fans from Ann Arbor, Michigan were completely blown away by Dave's
show at the House of Blues in Chicago. It has grown over the months to encompass
members from Michigan, through the East Coast, and in the UK.
So far, we've refrained from commercializing this, having only made up some
tee shirts for our own use. At the Northampton, Massachusetts show, we presented
Dave with a shirt of his own, bearing the emblem that appears at the top of
each page on this Web site, and declared him honorary lifetime "RDF #0."
Fritz Milhaupt, Leslie Ohanian, Joanne Corsano and David Fleming
Photo by Olga Ruocco.
With attractive fans like these, can there be any wonder why he's out touring?
Leslie and Fritz comprise the Raving Dave Fan kontingent based in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. Since 1997, they have logged many thousands of miles traveling
to Dave's shows.
Joanne and David are based in the Boston area. They've been known to travel
incredible distances to see Dave live, too!