It's a landmark day for Dave Davies. The Kinks guitarist turns 70 today (February 3), and he's set for a big year, with a new album -- Open Road, a collaboration with his son Russ Davies -- and a tour to support it, along with production for the documentary Dave Davies: Strangers.
Davies has also been working on new music with his brother and Kinks partner Ray Davies, though no plans have been announced for a release. Davies is also featured prominently in the Smithsonian Channel series Rock 'N' Roll Inventions, which is currently airing. Davies tells us that despite his advanced age he feels like he's staying current with both musical and technological trends:
"I've always been interested in new ideas and new technology, and even now I like the digital stuff -- although of course I come from the era of vinyl and even 78s. But I like the new technology. It helps you write the songs and there's a whole gamut of sounds you can experiment with. It's a very creative time now. So I like a mixture of both; I like to always try and keep some sort of purity or integrity or honesty. I want to keep my humanity in the music. As long as we keep the human factor in there, the emotion, it works."
Davies suffered a stroke during 2004 but has fully recovered. He begins his tour on April 6 in Milwaukee.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.