Published Feb 24, 2010Last fall, the Kinks' Ray Davies joined numerous other artists for a Metallica collaboration as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary. After the event, Davies told press that he was considering a new project where he rerecorded classic Kinks material with artists he admired.
Speaking with The Republican soon after the event, Davies's said, "I might talk to [Metallica] about doing a song, it was an unexpected liaison the other week, but I listen to their music and I think we could do a quite interesting collaboration. Also, I chatted with Bruce Springsteen at the thing and he's up for trying it. I want it to be diverse and interesting, not the obvious things and hopefully stretch the artists and get them to do things that either they wouldn't have thought of or in some case, that I wouldn't have thought of. I'd like it to be truly collaborative."
Now, TwentyFourBit points to a story from NJ.com confirming that Davies has indeed teamed up with Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, the Killers and Lucinda Williams for the as-yet-untitled album. According to NJ.com, Springsteen contributed to a remake of the 1981 Kinks gem "Better Things," while Jon Bon Jovi helped out on "Celluloid Heroes."
The album does not have a release date set, but it is expected by the end of the year.