Kast Off Kinks still class act after 20 years together

The Kast Off Kinks, Lewes Con Club, Friday, March 22

They may be self-proclaimed ‘kast offs’ but the surviving members of The Kinks, who played Lewes Constitutional Club last week, proved themselves to be anything but.

Keeping the sounds of one of the greatest British bands of the 1960s alive, the band of exiles – who themselves have been together for nearly 20 years – regularly play gigs around Europe and never miss the The Kinks’ annual fan club meeting, which has raised thousands of pounds for Leukaemia Research over the years.

A jam packed Lewes Con Club saw an enthusiastic crowd give the band a great welcome, and the receptive foursome on stage rolled back the years for a great night’s entertainment.

Apart from being able to see original stickman Mick Avory behind the drums, the Lewes show had the added bonus of John Dalton on bass.

John, who retired a few years ago (a kast off kast off, so to speak), first played with The Kinks in 1966 before replacing original bassist Pete Quaife in 1969.

Jim Rodford, who actually replaced Dalton in The Kinks, is the usually bass player in The Kast Offs but was unavailable for the Lewes show – so John stepped in.

A born showman, John’s interaction with the crowd was as effortless as his playing.

The only member of the band not to have been a Kink is frontman Dave Clarke, who has a rock ‘n’ roll pedigree of his own having been the vocalist in Noel Redding’s band after the legendary bass player left The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Completing the line-up is keyboard player and vocalist Ian Gibbons, who played with The Kinks from the late Seventies through to the band’s demise in 1996.

The setlist on the night was made up of both classic hits and album tracks; the gig had something for the casual fan right up to the biggest of Kinks anoraks.

Still a class act and a band not to miss next time they’re in Sussex.