Off down Rock 'n' Roll memory lane again, this time with The Kinks. I saw them for the first time on 30th March 1964 at The Futurist Theatre in Scarborough. They closed the first half of the show – Marianne Faithfull was on the bill and the headline act (I dimly recall) was the late Gene Pitney. The second time I saw them was on the 18th April 2015 at the Beccles Public Hall & Theatre. Strictly speaking this was the Kast Off Kinks as Ray and Dave Davies no longer speak to each other and Pete Quaife died in 2010 however the line-up includes The Kinks' original drummer Mick Avory (20 years with The Kinks) plus Jim Rodford and Ian Gibbons, who both played with The Kinks for many years, clocking up over 30 years between them. The lead guitarist and vocalist is Dave Clarke (no relation to the Dave Clarke Five drummer) who has now been with the Kast Off Kinks since 1994. Avory came out from behind his drums last night to sing Dedicated Follower of Fashion and the band ran through the entire hit repertoire from Louie Louie to Come Dancing.
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