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Byline: STEVE CHILTON

TONIGHT'S concert by Kinks' legend Ray Davies heralds groovy days ahead for 60s fans.

Forget the 70s revival, if your heart beats to an earlier decade get ready to bop to rocking wrinklies Tom Jones and Van "The Man" Morrison.

As revealed exclusively in yesterday's Evening Telegraph, Jones the Voice and the Celtic soulster are both to headline in summer concerts at Warwick Castle.

Organisers are keeping tight-lipped until the deal is signed and sealed but will be expecting 15,000 sellouts.

The Jones boy - who had his first hit at the same time the North London- based Kinks were putting on their frilly shirts - is enjoying an Indian Summer to his career with huge hits like Sex Bomb.

Morrison too started out in the mid-60s, as the hairy frontman for Them, Ulster's answer to the Rolling Stones.

They had memorable smashes with Here Comes the Night and Gloria but Morrison's distinctive bluesy-soul voice and song-writing brilliance set him on a path for solo stardom, where he's remained ever since.

Ray Davies, similarly blessed with song-writing talent, can't match the pull of his contemporaries' stadium-filling power.

But the "Godfather of Britpop" has found a niche with his touring show The Storyteller, a blend of acoustic renditions of his classic pop songs interspersed with readings from his autobiography X Ray.

Davies is a man with a rich history in 60s pop. He recalled waiting to go on with The Kinks as warm up for The Beatles at an early concert when John Lennon wandered up and asked if his songs were any good; "Cos if they're not, you can have some of ours," offered Lennon.

And reflecting on the past, he also recalled: "Coventry was the first date the Kinks ever did on a package tour with many other bands, that included the Dave Clark Five and the Hollies.

"We were very much bottom of the bill then. We used to stop at a service station on the M1 called the Blue Boar (near Rugby). Bands from other tours would sit and exchange stories."

For more rock and local music news turn to pages 28 and 60

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ROCK ON: The welcome return of Tom Jones, Van Morrision (far right, top) and Ray Davies (far right, bottom)
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Date:Feb 23, 2001
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