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ray davies and friends

Roundhouse

Sunday 28 October

watch

Sorry we were only able to keep performance videos online for a week after the festival.

on the bbc

Radio 2
  • Radio 2
  • Radio 2 hosted Ray Davies at the Roundhouse

set list

  • Everybody Else
  • Good Times Gone
  • Til The End Of The Day
  • A Well Respected Man
  • The Tourist
  • Sunny Afternoon (with Johnny Borrell)
  • Working Man's Café
  • Morphine Song
  • One More Time
  • Come Dancing
  • 20th Century Man
  • Celluloid Heroes
  • Tired Of Waiting
  • All Day And All Of The Night
  • Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (with The Crouch End Festival Chorus)
  • Days
  • Shangri-La (with The Crouch End Festival Chorus)
  • Waterloo Sunset (with The Crouch End Festival Chorus)
  • Lola
  • Imaginary Man
  • You Really Got Me

what happened

Minute by minute report, via text message, by the BBC's Ian Sadler.

  1. 21.02 - Ray takes to the stage to a huge applause. Sharply dressed in shirt and jacket he straps on a green guitar and launches into 'Everybody Else'.
  2. 21.03 - 'Good Times Gone' has the audience singing and dancing.
  3. 21.06 - Now it's time for a crowd solo at end of 'Good Times Gone'. Eventually they get the timing right.
  4. 21.10 - Tonight is the first time Ray's played Roundhouse since he was here with his old band. "£10 fine everytime I mentions The Kinks", he says. First tenner gone.
  5. 21.13 - Next up 'The Tourist' from his first solo album. Ray dedicates it to his time spent in America.

audience reviews

Valerie Kape
I have seen Ray three times this year but this was an amazing concert and I loved every minute of it. "Days" still brings a massive lump to my throat and the hair on the back of my neck tingleIt is a shame that he doesn't get more recognition for the most amazing catalogue of songs he has produced over the last forty years. Please bring out the DVD.

Allan Whitaker
The BBC and Roundhouse promised something new and exciting with the Electric Proms and, for me, they delivered with the combination of Ray Davies, Duke Special, the Roundhouse and the audience on the 28th October. It was probably the best concert my wife and I have attended.Ray performed on top form and that special moment for me was to hear Ray, his band, and Crouch End Festival Choir perform "Shrangi-la". I have watched it again on the web and feel a panic attack coming on knowing it will disappear after the 4th November.Come on BBC, this is musical history! Make it available for all to enjoy for years to come.Thanks to all concerned in making it night to cherish for all time.

also at bbc electric proms



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