Review - 22 July, 1995, The Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT

From: Tony Muscarella
Subject: Conn. Supports The Kinks
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 1995 22:30:27 GMT

The Kinks play The Oakdale Theatre on Saturday and today (Friday) their promotion kicked into high gear.

The Hartford Courant ran an article on Ray as the lead article in the Entertainment section, complete with photo. The article discussed Ray's upcoming US release of X-Ray, and the differences, mostly financial, between them and The Rolling Stones.

Radio station WPLR in New Haven is sponsoring the concert (whatever that means). This afternoon at 4:30p.m., Dave Davies stopped by the station and chatted with the afternoon DJ. They mostly kidded each other, but talked about X-Ray and Dave's forthcoming book. Dave stayed about a half hour.

Dave then made his way to television station WTNH, Channel 8 in New Haven. He was interviewed by the male 5 o'clock co-host, who asked him about what it was like to have a hit, how 'Lola' has become a rock anthem, and how "Come Dancing' revolutionized MTV videos (it did? How come I never see it, then?). Dave looked comfortable and serious until the end of the interview. He confided to the interviewer that tomorrow is a very special day: not only was the band playing in Wallingford, but... (at this point, the co-host, sensing a scoop, leaned a bit towards Dave, and the camera tightened up on Dave for his important news) cat's birthday is tomorrow!

The interviewer looked stunned for a second or two, then laughed a flustered laugh, threw his cue cards up in the air, and said, "I don't know how to continue. What's your cat's name?".

"Purdy", said Dave.

That was all of the interview I remember; I was too busy ROTFLMAO. The interviewer said a few things and then they went to a break.

It's gonna be a hell of a concert tomorrow. And happy birthday, Purdy.

From: Loaf13
Subject: Re: Conn. Supports The Kinks
Date: 23 Jul 1995 14:59:54 -0400

Well my Kinks Tour for 95 is over (for now). I dont have much time so i'll just list the wallingfor set list:

Short Ray Acoustic opening:

W/ Band:


The opening act is Stacy Wild-ok talent but (contrary to other posts) her guitar p[layer is very good. Also they finished off their set w/ a cover of Long Way from Home- from Lola Vs. Powerman.

TO all those w/tickets for upcoming shows- enjoy youself.

Its going to be a GOOD DAY


From: Tony Muscarella
Subject: The Kinks in Wallingford, CT
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 1995 09:16:01 GMT

Someone else posted the set list for Wallingford, so I just wanted to post a few comments...

The Kinks "almost sold out" the Oakdale Theatre, which seats 3500. I estimate 100 seats or less unsold.

The opening act was depressing. 'Nuff said.

The Kinks played for about 90 minutes. 'Low Budget' was dedicated to the promotional department at Arista Records, their recording label in the late 70's/early 80's.

Ray and Dave looked good, and Ray's voice sounded fine to me. They played no songs from 'Phobia'. The song 'It's All Right' was a B-side from the 60's, not the Dave Davies tune. "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" was highly improvised (I'm sure they improvised it the same in every city), with Ray stating that they did not want to want to do things like the Beatles and Rolling Stones (you mean Village Green and Arthur WEREN'T inspired by Sgt. Pepper? Hmm.). Dave's guitar playing was as incredible as always.

The crowd really got into the show, even though it was an older crowd. They stood for the last few songs of the regular concert, and the entire encore (one). The band was louder than I remembered the last time I saw them, but that could be due to the unusual acoustics of the rotisserie stage at Oakdale. Damn hot, too.

Otherwise, it was a tradtionally terrific Kinks concert. I enjoyed their 'Phobia' tour concert in Agawam, MA more only because it was a traditional stage instead of that damn 'theatre in the round' crap (plus Ray played 'Sweet Lady Genevieve' at that one.. :-)
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