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The Kinks considering reuniting for 50th anniversary

The Kinks are considering reforming to mark the band's half-century milestone

The group's frontman and chief songwriter Ray Davies said the reunion was as "close as it's ever been to happening".

The three surviving original members - Davies, his guitarist brother Dave and original drummer Mick Avory - all told Uncut magazine they were keen to get back together for the 50th anniversary of their debut release this year.

The brothers have had a famously fractious relationship but Dave revealed that over a few pints they thought "that it'd be a great shame if we don't try and do something".

But he admitted having some reservations, saying: "I don't want to see the legacy of The Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money."

The group's last album was in 1993 and their final public performance took place in 1996. Original bass player Pete Quaife died in 2010.