Ray of light in field of gold

Ray Davies performs onstage at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring Richard Branson, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci)

Ray Davies performs onstage at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring Richard Branson, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci)

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HE might not have added to Britain’s haul of gold medals at the London Olympics, him being a less than athletic 68-year-old and all that, but Ray Davies was certainly the pick of the golden oldies at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

The former Kinks frontman’s rendition of his 1967 hit Waterloo Sunset was one of the highlights of the night, and fans of Davies might well get a chance to hear it again when he calls in at the Sage Gateshead in October for his third visit there.

Waterloo Sunset, originally set to be titled Liverpool Sunset, is, of course, just one of any number of classic songs Davies will be able to pick from when putting together his set. Other readily recognisable classics there for the taking include You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night and Lola.

The Londoner will also no doubt be giving an airing to tracks from his two solo albums, 2006’s Other People’s Lives and the year after’s Working Man’s Cafe, too.

Tracks from his solo career, along with a selection of the Kinks’ many hits, feature on a new compilation released to capitalise on Davies’s London 2012 finale slot, titled Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of the Kinks and Ray Davies.

Davies is at the Sage Gateshead on Tuesday, October 2. The show is sold out already, but returns may be available on the night. For details, go to thesagegateshead.org nearer the time.

DARIN HUTSON