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Dave Davies

With Thee Shams. Saturday, May 3, at the Beachland Ballroom.

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Dave Davies
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When not launching verbal jabs at his brother or chasing UFOs (his current passion), Dave Davies has been making records. Bug is the latest disc from the lead guitarist of the Kinks, a band that seems to be on semipermanent hiatus, despite a still rabid fan base. Davies, 56, was a mere 17 when he set the rock-and-roll world on its ear with his chunky, distorted riffs that, while borrowing from such 1950s axe legends as Big Bill Broonzy and Eddie Cochran, still sounded like nothing anyone had ever heard, making the Kinks one of the more popular British Invasion bands.

That was before big brother Ray Davies decided to become the wittiest -- and later, the most self-important -- songwriter in the business and strain his relationship with Dave. Still, the younger Davies doesn't shy away from his roots. His live shows continue to be heavy with Kinks material and, despite sniping at Ray in Kink, his autobiography, Dave has never said never when asked about a Kinks reformation. Ray might have brought the biting social commentary to the band, but Dave was the guy who made the Kinks rock.

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