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Ray Davies says The Kinks are reuniting, recalls getting shot

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/26/2018

a man wearing a suit and tie © RAFA RIVAS / AFP/Getty Images They really got him – right in the leg.

Sir Ray Davies, front man of the legendary English rock band The Kinks, opened up in a new interview about the 2004 robbery-attempt-turned-shooting that left the rocker with a bullet to the leg.

Davis, 74, told England’s Channel 4 News he was strolling in New Orleans with his partner at the time Suzanne Despies when he was suddenly approached by an abrasive stranger who demanded Despies’ purse.

“The guy came up to me and said, ‘Get out of the way mother-—--r.’ And I said, ‘Are you in an Eddie Murphy movie? What’s the problem with you?’” he recalled. “And he hit me over the head with a gun. I fell to the ground. When I got up, my partner was on her knees and he was pointing the gun at her head.”

Davies said that after Despies handed over her purse, a rush of confidence came over him and pushed him to confront his attackers.

“Normally I’d run away and scream, but I said, ‘I can’t let this man do this, humiliate somebody like that.’ So I chased him down the street, his accomplice pulled up in a car, took a Clint Eastwood pose, Magnum .44s, and shot me,” he said, adding that though he knows who the attacker was and where he lives, the culprit was never prosecuted because he skipped town.

The “You Really Got Me” singer has spoken at length before about the incident, which he chronicled in his 2013 book “Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story.”

Armed robbery and aggravated battery charges against suspect Jerome Barra were dismissed in 2007 after Davies failed to appear at the trial to testify, according to the Times-Picayune. Barra has said he was simply an accomplice and that it was his cousin, Kawan Johnson, who pulled the trigger.

Meanwhile, Davies also offered an exciting bit of information for fans clamoring for more Kinks tunes: he’s getting the band back together.

Davis confirmed that he, brother Dave Davies and Mick Avory, the three surviving members, will soon be hard at work on a new album more than 20 years after the band’s final effort, “Phobia.”

"It won't be well-organized like the Rolling Stones… The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar,” he joked of a tour.

“The problem is the two remaining members never got along that well, but I made that work in the studio and it fired me up to make them play harder and with fire so if we recapture those moments… I’ve got some very Kinks tunes in my head.”


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