14th Nov, 2018

Kast Offs are a star act themselves as hits of The Kinks roll back the years

Ross Crawford 15th Oct, 2018

The Kast Off Kinks, Palace Theatre

WHAT a night!

This was The Kinks minus the Davies brothers and what a set they turned in.

Fronted by Dave Clark, 70 years young and every inch the rock star in skinny jeans, boots and tie-dyed T-shirt, the former member of The Beach Boys led the fans back in time to relive 20 years of brilliant hits of the original band.

On drums was Mick Avory, the definitive drummer of The Kinks from 1964, Ian Gibbs on keyboards, who spent ten years with them, ‘Nobby’ Dalton on bass, who joined in 1969 and Clark, who as well as touring with the Beach Boys played with Jimi Hendrix’s bassist Noel Redding in the band of the same name.

The evening kicked off with ‘Where Have All the Good Times Gone’ and never let up, each song introduced by Clark who placed it in context backed by a bit of banter between the band.

There were songs this reviewer had forgotten about (Shangri-La) and songs I hadn’t heard in 50 years or more (See My Friend) so as well as being a night of great music there were lots of memories there too.

We had the first punk record ‘David Watts’ from 1967, appropriated by The Jam years later, ‘Autumn Almanac’ and the song that kicked the whole thing off in 1964 ‘You Really Got Me’.

Of course there was ‘Apeman’, ‘Days’, ‘Victoria’, ‘Come Dancing’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’ while Avory, dressed in suitable attire, moved from behind the drum kit to do a comedy turn for ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’.

What a show – and who knows when they’ll be back in the Midlands, but when they do return, make sure you catch them.

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