Ray Davies says talks are underway
Andrew Trendell

10:56 9th June 2014

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The Kinks look set to finally reunite for new material and a tour, as the infamously feuding brother Ray and Dave Davies are in talks about their future. 

The legendary rockers, who have endured a tumultuous relationship, split in the 1990s - with fans hoping for them to reform ever since. Rumours emerged earlier this year when Ray said a reunion to mark the band's 50th anniversary was 'as close as it's ever been'. 

Now, Ray Davies has told The Sunday Times that discussions are underway regarding new material.

"I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again," he said. "We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again.

"We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new."

Watch The Kinks performing 'Waterloo Sunset' below

Back in 2013 Dave Davies made headlines when he said that there was a '50/50' chance that the legendary 60s rockers could reform in 2014 for a string of shows to celebrate their 50th anniversary. His brother Ray then said that they would have to pen new material to justify reforming. 

"I'm not sure. There's got to be new music involved. I'm proud of that back catalogue and I play it when I do shows," said Ray in a interview with BBC Breakfast.

"I was talking to my brother about two weeks ago. As long as there's something new to go forward with rather than stay in the past, I'm interested. We've negotiated. In sporting terms, he's talking to his agent." 

Below: 2014 - A big year for anniversaries in the music world

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  • 2014 marks 10 years since Arcade Fire released their debut album Funeral. With latest album Reflektor causing hysteria and sold out dates across the UK and a worldwide tour, they may not have time to mark this one, with so much already booked in for 2014 (but we can dream)

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