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Click on the picture to see the video, goose bumps for us fans!daveray

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G3 (Steve Morse, Steve Vai & Joe Satriani) playing a cover of the Kinks: You Really Got Me at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. This was the first concert of their 2012 European Tour on July 20.

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Where Have All The Good Times Gone – Ikea (banned video).

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A special mixed version of You Really Got Me starts after 4 minutes of the video.

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Some things went well on The Kinks’ first American tour, in the summer of 1965: the band discovered the pleasures of pizza, malted milkshakes, and buxom groupies. But the band was in turmoil; earlier that year, Dave Davies and Mick Avory had a fight onstage in Wales, which started with Davies spitting at Avory and ended with Avory hitting Davies over the head with the pedal to his high-hat cymbal. So none of The Kinks were speaking to each other, and on any given night, the band’s management wasn’t sure how the Kinks would behave: whether they would do a full show, or come to blows, or treat the audience to a 45-minute version of “You Really Got Me” (as the band’s road manager says they did on one evening, although a roadie insists they didn’t play the song for the entire show).

Although Ray Davies has called tales of The Kinks’ American misbehavior “character assassination, [a] plot to destroy us,” sources close to the band confirm that they found trouble wherever they went, at least some of it of their own making. The band skipped a show in Sacramento, Ray Davies punched a union official who kept insinuating that England was already as good as Communist, and they appeared on a Dick Clark special for NBC without paying their mandatory dues to the American Federation of Television and Recording Artists. The upshot was the Federation blacklisted them–although they never gave a specific reason as to why–and the Kinks could not return to the States for over four years. Years later, Davies mused, “In many respects, that ridiculous ban took away the best years of The Kinks’ career when the original band was performing at its peak.”

(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: written by Gavin Edwards.)

 

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Sunny Afternoon

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The Kinks played for 45,000 spectators  in 1977 at the famous and legendary Dutch festival Pinkpop with acts like om Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Racing Cars, Golden Earring, Bothy Band, Nils Lofgren and the Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. The Kinks were the highlight of the festival. There are no video recordings of it but we have found a song recorded in the audience. Enjoy it!

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