The Neptune's going all classic rock this summer: a couple weeks ago, Seattle Theatre Group announced that the legendary Lindsey Buckingham would be performing solo at U-District club on Saturday, May 19. (Tickets are $49 and available now). This week brings the news that Ray Davies, founder and frontman of the Kinks (and author of one of the strangest rock autobiographies I've ever read, X-Ray), will be at the Neptune for a solo show on Saturday, July 14.
Davies has been releasing solo records since the '80s; his latest is the 2010 LP See My Friends, a collection of Kinks songs made into duets performed by Davies and a slew of big name collaborators, including Metallica ("You Really Got Me"), Lucinda Williams ("A Long Way From Home"), Bruce Springsteen ("Better Things"), Billy Corgan (a medley of "All Day and All of the Night" and "Destroyer"), Spoon ("See My Friends"), Black Francis ("This Is Where I Belong"), and Mumford & Sons ("Days/This Time Tomorrow"). The record also includes two duets with the Los Angeles power pop band The 88, who will open the show.
If you've any doubt that Davies, who'll turn 68 this year, is too old to still have his magical touch, watch the below video of him performing "Waterloo Sunset," one of the most beautiful pop songs ever written, at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival.
Tickets to Ray Davies' Neptune show are on sale now--they are $45 in advance.