Q: What about European dates?
A: Dave has performed in Europe several times, beginning
in September and October, 2001. His most recent European performance was at the Barbican Theatre in London on April 11, 2014.
When he has toured, I haven't seen (m)any of Dave's shows listed on the TicketMaster
Web site. What gives?
A: Many of his shows are not at venues that customarily
use TicketMaster. For such shows, in order to get tickets, you will usually
have to contact the ticket office for that venue.
Additionally, when looking for information on his tours, you may wish to
search the site for the word "Kink Kronikles" (or "Chronicles",
for those places that don't quite "get it"), an alternate name
that was used by some venues for his past tours. Further complicating the
search is that in the past one nationwide ticket agency has had his tour
listed as "Dave Davies Kink Kronikles", "Kink Kronikles",
"Dave Davies and the Kronikles", and even "The Kinks"
(which Dave has never actually used for his solo tours), simultaneously.
For the record, Meta Media (Dave's organization) officially prefers to
refer to cast of musicians backing Dave as "the Dave Davies Band."
Q: Has he released any solo albums?
A: Yes! He has released twenty one discs since 1997.
Rippin' Up Time is Dave's newest album, coming out on October 28,
2014. The disc's ten tracks feature Dave across a range of punk and sentimental moods.
Released on Sony's Red River Entertainment label, it is available on disc through Amazon, or as a download through iTunes.
I Will Be Me is Dave's first album-length release of all-new material in several years. This disc runs the gamut from the hard-rocking "Little Green Amp", to the sweetly touching "Healing Boy", and includes guest vocalists
This disc was released in June 2013 on Cleopatra Records.
Fortis Green 2 is an extended re-release of 1999's Fortis Green, with two additional tracks: "After the Ball", and recording outtakes titled "After the Ball (The Making Of)", where Dave struggles his way through an emotional take.
This disc was released in 2011.
Hidden Treasures is a collection of Dave's 1960s-era solo studio work, featuring many of the songs he now performs in concert.
The Aschere Project: Two Worlds, a joint project with his son, this disc is based on an original story by Dave and Russ Davies called The Kakshisa Cipher. The story is a mix of science, science fiction, and a love story.
This disc explores Dave's interest in combining electronica and story-telling, in the same vein as Purusha and the Spiritual Planet.
Around the Galaxy is a recording of Dave's third live show, performed at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California on April 30, 1997. It was released in 2009.
Belly Up! is a recording of one of Dave's first live shows, from April 29, 1997 at the Belly Up Tavern, in San Diego, California. It was released in 2008.
Fractured Mindz is a collection of nine
all-new tracks recorded in 2006 and 2007. This album covers
a variety of styles, including rock, blues and electronica.
This disc was released on January 30,
2007 and is available through Dave's
web site, which has considerable information on this album,
including sound clips and reviews.
Kinked is a collection of material
from Dave's earlier, hard-to-get discs, plus an all-new track,
"God in My Brain", which is the first track he released
since his stroke.
This disc was released on February 22,
2006 and is available through Dave's
web site as well as better record stores.
Rainy Day in June is a recording of Dave's
performance at the 2004 Stadtwerke Festival in Potsdam,
Germany. A unique feature of this show was that Dave's son Simon
played the drums, with only one night's practice with the group.
This disc was released on December 15, 2004
and is available through Dave's
Transformation was released August 6, 2003
through Dave's web
site. It is a high-quality recording of the May 23, 2003
benefit performance at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California
for Soroptimist of the Verdugos.
Highlights of this release include a revamped "Transformation/Life
After Life" which showcases Dave's and Jonathan Lea's guitar
talents in place of the keyboards on the Bug! version,
and the first formal release of a live version of "Father
Transformation was released in the UK by AngelAir
records in September, 2005.
Bugged... Live!, the second
release in Meta Media's Official Bootleg series was released
October 22, 2002. It
is available only through Dave's web site. It contains tracks
recorded during the Late Summer 2002 tour of the West Coast.
Four of the tracks are live versions of material from Bug!
Bug!, was officially released to stores
in the US on May 7, 2002, although it already was
available at Dave's shows for much of the Spring 2002 tour.
This is an all-new studio album of Dave's original material.
The twelve tracks on BUG! show that not only does Dave
still have his edge, he has paid attention to what has been
going on in music during the past decade. This ambitious album
isn't the same music you heard twenty years ago!
Fragile is an eleven-track
CD featuring songs, mostly demos, recorded in a variety
of styles over a 20-year period. This second disc in Dave's
Meta Media Demo Series was only available through
Dave's website. It was released in early 2001.
Rock Bottom: Dave Davies Live at the Bottom
Line, was released in the US on June 27, 2000. This
live performance CD, which was released on the Koch label, includes
songs selected from four live performances at the Bottom Line
in New York City in 1997.
It was released in the UK and Europe by Sanctuary in October,
'Solo Live': Live at Marian College,
the first release in the Meta Media Official Bootleg Series
of new recordings, was released June 17, 2000. This is
a recording of a special performance at Marian College in Fond
du Lac, Wisconsin on October 6, 1999.
During this show, he mixed songs with stories of his growing
up and being part of The Kinks. This is the only time that he
has tried this format. This CD was available only through Dave's
Fortis Green, the first release in the
Meta Media Demo Series of new recordings, was shipped
during the first week of November, 1999. Bill
Crowley's comments on this disc are available on Dave's official
The original relese of this eight song collection of demos was only available through
official web site.
The anthology released in the UK and Europe,
Dave Davies Anthology (1964-1998)
- Unfinished Business was released by Castle on November 9, 1998.
Castle sold out the first pressing has completely sold out,
and issued a second pressing shortly thereafter.
The first pressing contained a 1970s-era live version
of "You're Looking Fine" as its final track, as opposed
to the live version of "Gallon of Gas Blues/You're Looking
Fine" recorded at The Bottom Line in New York City, in 1997
shown on the track list. Subsequent pressings contain the correct (1997)
The anthology released in North America, Unfinished
Business/Dave Davies Kronikles, 1963-1998, was
released January 12, 1999. It is very different from
the European release.
Purusha and the Spiritual Planet, was
released as a joint effort with Dave's son Russell in mid-October, 1998
under the band name Crystal Radio. This is Dave's entry
into the area of ambient trance dance music-- a marked departure
from the rootsy rock-n-roll for which he is so well known. It was available
Web site, and was available at his live shows.
||Dave offered an eleven-song CD titled Unfinished
Business at his solo shows in late 1997 and early 1998.
We had heard that this was supposed to be released by Velvel to
record stores in mid-1998, but this was apparently not to be.
"I'll Get Over" and "When The Wind Blows",
two demo tracks on this CD, are not included on the anthologies.
Q: How would you characterize his shows?
A: An undiluted rock and roll concert, performed with
precision and punctuated by moments of pure glee. They're the most fun I've
had with my clothes on.
Q: What material does he play?
A: On his tours he played a cross-section of the material
he's performed over the years, both his own solo work and Kinks material.
A list of the songs is available here.
Q: Does he read from his book, like Ray has?
A: Not really. This is a straight-ahead rock-n-roll concert.
Q: Are there any other differences between Dave's tour and
A: There are several, in fact:
- Dave's show is more of a straight-ahead rock show, while Ray's is more
like a musical rock-n-roll history lecture from a well-loved professor.
- Dave plays entire songs. Unless, of course, he forgets the words, as
happens from time to time.
- Dave interacts somewhat more freely with the audience during the show.
At each of the shows we attended, he made eye contact with everyone in
the first two or three rows at least once during the show. At the Grand
Rapids, Michigan show in 1997, he bent over and asked Leslie's name, then
dedicated "Strangers" to her!
- Dave tends to play smaller, more intimate venues, with far less advance
- Dave's set list and patter vary from show to show- it's never really
the same show twice.
Don't get us wrong, we enjoyed both shows, but they are rather different
Q: Have any former Kinks appeared at his shows?
A: Pete Quaife attended a show during 1998 at The
Bottom Line in New York City, watching the show, then joining Dave on stage
for "You Really Got Me." Pete also attended the June 23, 1999
show at the Sit-N-Bull Pub in Maynard, Massachusetts as an audience member.
No other Kinks have been seen at his shows.
Q: Did the Smithereens back him on his tours?
A: No, but Smithereens founder Dennis Diken is doing an amazing job of drumming and supplying supporting vocals for the Fall 2014 tour. This year's line-up features Dennis, Jonathan Lea on guitar and bass, and Tom Currier on bass, keyboards and supporting vocals, and Rebecca Wilson as supporting vocalist.
The make up of Dave's band has been fluid over the years. He is backed by a very competent
band (with loads of personality) that he has assembled from musicians
based out of LA and New York. This merry band varies from tour to tour, but has featured
Dave Jenkins on bass, Jim LaSpesa (often introduced as "Jim Davis"
by Dave) on drums and backing vocals, Dave Nolte on keyboards, rhythm guitar
and harmonica, Jonathan Lea on guitar and keyboards, Brian Myers on guitar
and Derrick Anderson on bass. Andrew Sandoval (rhythm guitar and harmonica)
has not toured with Dave since the first few tours, but the summer 2000
tour featured the return of Kristian
Hoffman on keyboards. In 2013, Tom Currier, of Jigsaw Seen joined the band to play bass and keyboards.
Typically, three or four of these musicians back him at a time. Jim LaSpesa
held the position behind the drum kit for every tour until the
June, 2004 date at the Stadtwerk Festival in Potsdam, Germany,
where Dave's son Simon sat behind the drum kit.
In Kinks Preservation Society Digest #2462, Dave Jenkins explained that
Dennis Diken, Jim Babjek and Mike Mesaros of the Smithereens were originally
approached to be Dave's back up band on his first tour. For whatever reason,
that did not come about, and Dave lined up a band comprised of some of the
other LA musicians mentioned above. A misunderstanding when booking Dave's
early shows caused the Smithereens to be billed as a separate act on Dave's
Q: Is there an opening act?
A: That depends on the venue- there is no opening act
touring with him. Any opening acts have tended to be local performers booked
by the venue, with widely varying styles and degrees of talent. We've attended
shows with two or three opening acts, and shows with none.
Q: What's this I hear about a live Webcast of
a Dave solo show??
A: Two shows at the Sit-N-Bull Pub in Maynard, MA were
recorded and were available through Dave's Web site. The first show, from
June 4, 1998, was available in stereo in RealAudio. Two songs from
the second show, taped February 6, 1999, were available in streaming
video form, as is an interview taped earlier that day.
Thanks go to Chris Locke (Webmaster of Dave's Web site at the time) for
putting the Webcasts together, and working out the numerous technical details.
Q: When has he toured solo in the past?
A: He has toured several times. For details, click
Q: Does he take requests during the show?
A: Generally no, but a few times when a fan called out
the name of a song he likes, he would try an impromptu version of it. A
fan brought a copy of the lyrics to "Sleepwalker" to help him
out and he gave it an honest effort. Another time someone yelled out "In
You I Believe," and he was so excited that someone wanted to hear this
song, he launched into it despite his statement that no one in the band
knew it. This is an indication of how much Dave enjoys these shows and how
relaxed and free-flowing they are.
Q: Does he sign autographs after the show?
A: Yes, sometimes, but don't pester him during
the show, like a few fans have tried. While he's on stage, it's the music
that matters. At most of the shows that we have attended, he has come out
after the final encore and signed autographs, if only for five or ten minutes.
Often the amount of time he has to do this is determined by the venue. At
the Big Kahuna show in Wilmington, for example, the security guys hustled
Dave away as fast as they could, so fans only managed to get a few autographs
Q: Dave gestures a lot with his middle finger during the
show- is he really "flipping off" the audience?
A: No. He's trying to point at someone or something without
losing his grip on the guitar pick. Besides, he's always pointing downward,
instead of upward as in the traditional insult gesture.
Q: Are there any recordings of these shows available?
A: Why, yes! The Meta Media Official Bootleg Series
- 'Solo Live': Live at Marian College, released in June, 2000.
This disc covers Dave's performance at Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
on October 6, 1999. During this show, he mixed
songs with stories of his growing up and being part of The Kinks. The disc
was available only through his official web site, but this disc is sold out.
The second live album was Rock Bottom: Dave
Davies Live at the Bottom Line, which Koch released ten days after 'Solo
Live': Live at Marian College was released. It contains portions of
several live performances recorded at the Bottom Line in New York City in 1997.
In addition, both the US release of his anthology and the second-pressing
of the UK release include a live version of "Gallon of Gas Blues/You're
Looking Fine" recorded at the same shows at The Bottom Line.
More recently, Bugged... Live! was released
on Dave's web site, followed later in 2003 by Transformation. In 2004, he released Rainy Day in June, a recording of his show at the Stadtwerk Festival in Potsdam, Germany, and in 2008, Belly Up, a recording of his second live solo show. Around the Galaxy was the latest live release, in 2009.
Q: I didn't think that his solo stuff from the 1960s
was really all that good. Why should I bother going?
A: By all means, go to the show! There's a big difference
in his performing style now, as opposed to thirty years ago. He no longer
sounds like a British teenager trying to be a blues man. The years have
improved his voice and his showmanship.
Q: Does all of this solo touring by Dave and Ray mean the
end of the Kinks?
A: Unless you're Ray or Dave, your guess is as good as
mine. They still owe one of the labels an album, though. In a recent interview,
Dave expressed interest in getting together with the band again (presumably
a recent line-up, see below) to record another album.
Q: So, what about the reunion of the original Kinks line-up
that has been rumored for the last few years?
A: So far, we've heard nothing official. Ray has talked
about this more and more, and the rumor surfaced again in mid-September, 1999,
and again as the 50th Anniversary of the Kinks neared in 2014, but we haven't heard anything from anybody else (such as a record label).
Dave has publically stated that he's not interested in a reunion of the
original line-up or doing just an "oldies tour."
Q: What is an RDF? Whose site is this, anyway?
A: For a bit on the truly lovely people who have brought
you this site (and a photo, too!), click here.
Q: Am I already an RDF? How can I tell?
A: Yes, you may already be an RDF. The telltale signs
are easily identified, and are listed here.