King’s Heath will be getting really kinky on Sunday 8 June as ex-members of the legendary pop group The Kinks return to the suburb for a unique anniversary concert in the intimate atmosphere of the Hare & Hounds pub.
The specially arranged concert will celebrate 3 anniversaries: the 50th Anniversary of The Kinks being formed in Muswell Hill in London, the 48th Anniversary of the group appearing at the former Ritz Ballroom in King’s Heath and the 20th Anniversary of the original drummer Mick Avory forming The Kast Off Kinks to keep the music of the group alive.
When The Kinks appeared at the Ritz Ballroom in June 1966 their line-up included for the first time John Dalton after regular bass guitarist Pete Quaife broke his leg in a car accident. Appearing only two days after being recruited, John had virtually no time to practice. Three years later he would re-join as a permanent member.
Now he will be returning to King’s Heath for the first time as part of The Kast Off Kinks along with fellow ex-Kinks members drummer Mick Avory, keyboard player Ian Gibbons and lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Clarke who previously worked with The Beach Boys.
John Dalton says “ It is great to be going back to King’s Heath 48 weeks after doing my first gig with The Kinks there. We played at the Ritz on 11 June 1966. I can remember being very nervous because I had only known The Kinks for two days and in those two days I had done Top Of The Pops, two recording sessions and had to learn all the songs for the show. It was very hectic. It will also bring back very fond memories to me because all my relations come from just up the road in Balsall Heath and I used to spend all my childhood holidays there”
The Kinks’ appearance at The Ritz came just after they released “Sunny Afternoon” which became their third No. 1 hit in the UK singles charts. The group went on to have a total of seventeen Top Twenty singles including “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, “Waterloo Sunset” and “Lola” and five Top Ten albums starting with “Kinda Kinks”.
All their greatest hits will be included in the 3 hour set that The Kast Off Kinks will perform at the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 8 June at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the concert cost £12.50 plus a booking fee from www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk or £12.50 cash from the Kitchen Garden Cafe in King’s Heath’s York Road.
Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who have organised the concert said, “We believe that being able to watch and listen to ex- Kinks members perform in the intimate atmosphere of the Hare & Hounds is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Kinks are one of the most important British groups of all time and they continue to have a major influence on today’s music scene. We are expecting a capacity audience as we continue to celebrate the rich musical legacy of the Ritz Ballroom”.