Posted in music | pictures on November 21, 2011

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Ray Davies & choir @ The Wellmont Theater
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67-year-old Davies brought out 46 members of the Dessoff Choir in the second half of his concert at the Wellmont.

Davies started the evening with an acoustic guitar before adding a rock band and then the choir, in a two-and-a-half-hour performance that covered most of his musical career (although with only a five-second snippet of The Kinks hit, "Lola").

And yes, the choir joined in for the encore, The Kinks' first big hit, "You Really Got Me." -[MontclairPatch]

The Kinks legend Ray Davies is currently on a tour with the Dessoff Chamber Choir. Some of the dates on the tour are to make up for the shows he had to cancel in 2010. Two of those makeup dates took place in the NYC-area over the weekend - Wellmont Theater on Friday (11/18), and the Beacon Theater last night (11/20). We have some pictures from the NJ show. More of them, with the setlists from both shows and more dates, below...

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RAY DAVIES - 2011 TOUR DATES
22 Albany, NY - Swyer Theater, The Egg book tickets
23 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater

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Ray Davies Concert Setlist at Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, NJ, USA on November 18, 2011 - setlist

Set I
I Need You
I'm Not Like Everybody Else
Lola (guitar tease)
Sunny Afternoon
Waterloo Sunset
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
Apeman
A Long Way From Home
Victoria (verse)
20th Century Man
Where Have All The Good Times Gone
Nothing In The World Can Stop Me Worrying About That Girl
Till The End Of The Day

Set II - with the Dessoff Chamber Choir
Shangri-La
Victoria
See My Friends
Village Green
Picture Book
Big Sky
Do You Remember Walter?
Johnny Thunder
The Village Green Preservation Society
Postcard From London
Waterloo Sunset
Days

Encore:
You Really Got Me
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RAY DAVIES at BEACON THEATER 11/20/11
Set I
I Need You
I'm Not Like Everybody Else (The Kinks song)
Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks song)
Waterloo Sunset
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
Apeman
Harry Rag (Improv)
A Long Way From Home
Victoria (Partial/Appetizer)
20th Century Man (The Kinks song)
Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
All Day and All of the Night
Set II - with the Dessoff Chamber Choir
Shangri-La
Victoria (The Kinks song)
See My Friends (The Kinks song)
Thanksgiving Day
Village Green
Picture Book
Big Sky
Do You Remember Walter?
Johnny Thunder
The Village Green Preservation Society
Celluloid Heroes
Postcard From London
Waterloo Sunset
Days (The Kinks song)
You Really Got Me
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All Day and All of the Night (w/Choir)
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Low Budget
Got To Be Free (small verse)
Lola

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Comments (25)

a true rock legend!!! great set list...

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 11:52 AM

that's awesome that he plays a lot of village green stuff. easily their best album but seems to be ignored a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 11:52 AM

Nelson seem to be aging, er, not so well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 11:54 AM

Was at the show at the Beacon. The Village Green stuff sounded great with the choir. Shangri-La was awesome as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 12:01 PM

Ba ba da da bomp ba ba, BA ba da da bomp ba ba...thunder and LIGHTNING!

Posted by Meatloaf | November 21, 2011 12:14 PM

Cool nice review!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 12:16 PM

11:54: No kidding, lol!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 12:32 PM

i wa at the Philly Show saturday. Our non choir setlist seemed much shorter

Posted by larry | November 21, 2011 12:48 PM

Need the back story on those two dudes with long blond hair holding the set list. I hope they have a wikipedia page.

Posted by Really | November 21, 2011 1:22 PM

12:14 nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 1:32 PM

thats a fantastic setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 2:08 PM

Ray was jumping around on stage like a much younger man.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 2:13 PM

someone needs to clue in the guy who made the sticker that Dave Davies wrote "I'm Not Like Everybody Else"

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 4:09 PM

Ray wrote "I'm Not Like Everybody Else". Dave just did the vocal.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2011 4:13 PM

Some quick observations: 4:09 is spot-on (and on that note, old people who go to shows like this are fucking weird); also who the fuck are those blonde guys; this theater is nice, and smaller than one would expect; and I'm happy to report that I was truly half-expecting a majorly cringe-worthy night, but Ray Davies reminded me why humans listen to music.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011 12:06 AM

I'd pay to hear that choir do Ray's tunes.

Posted by V | November 22, 2011 12:41 AM

I was at the Wellmont show.
I'm 40, and for thr first time in a long time, I felt young at a show. Really young.
Ray's voice sounded tremendous.
And he's a great storyteller.
Good times.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011 9:23 AM

I'm one of the choristers - and we all have the same questions about the blond guys! They were also in the front row when we sang with Davies in 2009 at Town Hall - they seem rapturously in love with him. Totally fascinating.

Posted by David E | November 22, 2011 9:28 AM

@12:06 - Why are old people who go to shows like this "fucking weird"? It's 67 yr old Ray Davies, not Deerhunter.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011 11:30 AM

I'd rather see Deerhunter over Ray Davies any day. The Kinks made 1 good album -Lola.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011 11:54 AM

First of all, you're an idiot. Secondly, the point isn't who's better (the Kinks by a mile), it's, why is it weird for old people to go see an old artist?

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011 12:11 PM

Lola is not one of the Kinks best albums. Village Green, Arthur, Something Else and Muswell Hillbillies all top Lola.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011 12:46 PM

I think Face to Face is my favorite Kinks album.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011 10:25 PM

He not that good without Dave !

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 9:01 AM

a classy guy

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 4:22 PM

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