Friday, 4 July 2014

The Kast Off Kinks at St David's Hall Reviewed

The Kast Off Kinks play
St David's Hall
This September will mark the 50th anniversary of The Kinks reaching number one with their debut hit You Really Got Me, so it was apt last Friday evening that former members of the legendary band came together for a two hour show at St David's Hall revisiting The Kinks greatest hits.

Original drummer Mick Avory was joined by bassist Jim Rodford (Kinks bassist 1978-96), Keyboardist Ian Gibbons (Kinks keyboardist 1979-96) and Dave Clarke  (formerly of The Beach Boys and Noel Redding Band). 

It was clear from the offset that no-one was by any means a sound alike to the original Kinks frontman Ray Davies nor would they try to be. Ray is still going strong as a solo performer (and will be visting St David's Hall soon). The premise of The Kast Off Kinks was to  purely celebrate The Kinks music by sticking closely to the original arrangements of the songs and have a brilliant time delivering them on stage.

Mick Avory takes to the microphone
Naturally there were more hits than you could shake a stick at including Where Have All The Good Times Gone, See My Friend, Days and Waterloo Sunset. But there were also some surprises such as album tracks Shangri-La, Victoria and Village Green Preservation Society.

There was a comic highlight too, as Mick Avory was coaxed from behind his drum kit by band members and the audience to lead a rendition of Dedicated Follower Of Fashion in a glittery jacket, jokingly proving why he was never allowed to sing on the original Kinks hits.

The evening rounded off with rip roaring versions of You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night and Louie Louie. Despite the lacking of a large audience, everyone present still managed to raise the roof and it was clear the Kast Off Kinks achieved their objective in delivering a high energy performance. They really got me and I'm sure they'll get you next time they visit South Wales!

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