BIG Music News: Kinks, Foreigner

THE KINKS: Still no reunion in the works

No surprise here: The Kinks are no closer to reuniting.

Dave Davies tells Rolling Stone, "I think with reunions, The Kinks have an amazing legacy. Why screw it up by getting ourselves together to make a few bucks? Some things are best left alone. I'm saying that and half of me is saying it would be good to do a show or a TV thing. Or one song."

But wait, is it about the money or not? "There are a lot of different aspects to not doing a reunion. If my contribution was respected not just as part of a collaboration but financially as well... No man is an island. We like to think we're in control of our lives, but it takes many elements and people."

So until Dave and his brother Ray can come to an agreement, we'll have to settle for Dave's new album, Open Road, which came out last Friday, and Ray's next one, Americana, on April 21st.

The last Kinks studio album was 1993’s Phobia, and their last show was in 1996.

FOREIGNER:  40 Songs for 40 Years

Foreigner reaches the big 4-0 with a compilation packing 40 hits to mark the band's 40th anniversary.

Coming May 19th, 40 begins with best-loved songs from Foreigner's nine studio albums, including all 16 of their Top 30 hits. "Feels Like the First Time" put them on the map in 1977, followed by other radio favorites such as "Cold as Ice," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Double Vision" and "I Want to Know What Love Is." Additionally, "The Flame Still Burns," the title track from a 2016 vinyl EP, makes its debut on CD. There are also a pair of new tracks recorded especially for this set -- "Give My Life for Love" and a new version of "I Don't Want to Live Without You."

There will also be a 23-song, two-disc LP release for vinyl fans.

Featuring founding guitarist-songwriter Mick Jones and current lead singer Kelly Hanson, Foreigner will be on tour this summer with Cheap Trick and and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

BEE GEES:  New compilation and SNF releases on the way

The Bee Gees will mark dual anniversaries with a pair of April 21st releases.

50 years after their U.S. breakthrough, Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits packs 21 tracks selected by Barry Gibb and sequenced in chronological order. It includes their blockbuster singles -- beginning with 1967's "New York Mining Disaster" -- but also a pair of noteworthy rarities: 1966’s “Spicks and Specks” and 1987’s British number-one "You Win Again."

Barry says, "There is a spirituality about this album and these songs always meant the most to us... Although there are many other songs, these songs, I feel, are the songs that Maurice, Robin, and I would be most proud of.” The Bee Gees and Universal Music will also put out the remastered Saturday Night Fever soundtrack again as a two-LP vinyl package. It was named 1977's Album of the Year by the Grammys and a 2004 selection for the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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