In an interview with Channel 4 News (see below), Ray Davies jokingly pretended to phone Mick Avory (The Kinks’ drummer) and say, “Mick, I’ll see you at the pub later.” Then remarked, “[We’re] making a new Kinks album, inspired by The Rolling Stones.” When Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked “Are you really?” Davies responded, “We’ve been talking about it, because I’ve got all these songs. I wrote them when the band, not broke up, but parted company and I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it.”
He was then asked whether The Kinks are getting back together, and Davies replied, “Officially we are, yes.” So there you have it, straight from the Davies' mouth. The band will feature all the remaining members of The Kinks, which is Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory (other original member Peter Quaife died in 2010). They’ve all been working together in the studio, which has helped heal some animosity between Dave and Mick, who didn’t always see eye-to-eye.
"The trouble is, the two remaining members—my brother Dave and Mick—never got along very well." Davies notes. “But I've made that work in the studio and it's fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire.” With the idea to "recapture those moments."