Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
After their emergence as one of Britain's most original bands in the 60s, the Kinks vanished into a white water of critically acclaimed albums that didn't sell.
Seeing the Kinks live in 1978 is like returning to the fold at a Pentecostal revival - explosive, wrenching, draining and supremely satiating.
The children of the '70s who have grown up in awe of the antics of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Kiss' Gene Simmons would be stunned by the Kinks' Ray Davies. He is revelation, one of the handful of truly great rockers in a league with Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.
Not only has he a stunning physical presence, he has a brilliant wit with a penchant for devastating portraits. His melodies are seldom experimental - the chords to "Streetwalker" are fraternal twins to those of that old chestnut "Monkey Time - but they have a raw, tidal force.
"The Misfits," about whom Davies has been writing for over a decade, supply the title for the Kinks' new album, and Wednesday night at the Warner Theatre, they performed a half-dozen of its 10 cuts, all sharp with the bite of black humor.
But the best news is that Davies' magic still works on the classic, like "Lola," "Well-Respected Man," "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night."