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Kinks frontman Ray Davies was recently interviewed by the U.K.’s ITV at London’s Hornsey Town Hall, a small venue not far from the Muswell Hill neighborhood where he grew up. Not surprisingly, he was asked about the possibility of doing a reunion gig with his old band, and he had quite an interesting response.

“I’d do a surprise gig here [at London’s Hornsey Town Hall], because I’d do it for the community, and it might happen,” the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer maintained. “But I wouldn’t use too much media hype. I’d do it for the locals.”

Davies told ITV that he had a historic connection to the venue, revealing that while attending a nearby art school when he was younger and he once booked The Rolling Stones to play a gig at the hall for 50 pounds.

Asked if he ever reminded The Stones about that show, Ray quipped, “I keep asking for my commission. They haven’t replied.”

Davies, who was promoting the hit Kinks stage musical Sunny Afternoon, also talked about an infamous part of the band’s early history, when they were banned from playing in the United States for four years during the late 1960s.

Explaining why the group was banned, Ray noted, “Mick Avory, our drummer, said, ‘It was a mixture of bad management, bad luck and bad behavior.'” He added, “I think The Kinks isn’t the greatest name to have — it implies there’s something weird happening…[America] accepted The Beatles. The Beatles were happy, friendly people. Sociable people. The Kinks were sort of barely potty trained. You know, we didn’t have any social graces. I still haven’t.”

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