Bay City Rollers say they are ectastic to be playing alongside Calvin Harris at T in the Park and believe their set will unite generations.
After four decades in the music business, the tartan terrors are looking forward to playing their first major festival in July.
And before the Shang-A-Lang sound rocks Strathallan, the band will be all over our TV screens in a show charting their rise, fall and recent reunion.
Frontman Les McKeown says he is honoured T boss Geoff Ellis has invited the band to play the legendary festival, joining a bill featuring headliners such as the Stone Roses and Calvin Harris.
He said: “It’s going to be great. It’s a real privilege and I’m really looking forward to being up there.
” I was properly over the moon when we first got asked.
“It was hard to believe at first. It is such a contemporary festival when you look at all the acts who normally play.
“It’s very much the Radio 1 artists, so we never expected to get the nod, but we jumped at the chance when it was offered. It’s going to be nothing but hit after hit.”
Guitarist Stuart “Woody” Wood still can’t quite believe it’s happening.
He said: “It’s the kind of gig I never thought I would ever get to play.
“It’s the biggest festival in Scotland and one of the best in Britain, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be a new experience for us, as that sort of gig wasn’t around back in our day.”
Former bassist and now guitarist with the Rollers alongside Woody, Alan Longmuir says T will be one of their biggest shows ever.
He said: “We did similar things in the 80s in Europe, in places like Poland before the Wall came down, but nothing on the scale of T.
“It also puts us back in a certain place, I’m not sure exactly where that is, but it legitimises you, like you’ve been accepted.”
The Rollers say their fans are mainly originals from their heyday.
But their reunion gigs in December saw people of all ages enjoying the comeback.
Les said: “Even when you’re playing to youngsters who don’t know the music, Bay City Rollers songs are so catchy,
they don’t need anyone to tell them about them.
“They just catch on and are singing along by the second chorus.”
Woody said: “I think the songs are just in the psyche. Even if folk don’t think they know them, when they hear them, they realise they do. Especially in Scotland.
“I think it’ll be interesting to see the response as a lot of the younger crowd will never have heard the band’s name.
“They’ll know us from their mums and dads or even their grandparents.
“T in the Park isn’t just for young people anyway. There’s a broad range of people there.
“The thing that unites them is they’re all there for a party and that’s what the Rollers always bring. It’s going to be great.”
Before they get to Strathallan, the Rollers are going to be firmly back in the public eye with the launch of a prime-time Saturday night ITV show Where Are They Now?
It’s a documentary charting the band’s rise, fall and stunning comeback – which saw them reunite for the first time at our Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards last year – taking the story right up to the present day.
The show will be aired not just in Scotland, but across the UK.
Woody said: “It’ll tell the story of not just what we did and achieved back in the day, but what happened after and how we got the band back together.
” There’s lots of footage of the Barras gigs at Christmas and leading up to right this moment, with us getting ready to play T in the Park.
“It’s going to be an interesting show that will tell the whole story, but also give a glimpse into the future.
“It’s only the start of the next chapter in the Rollers story. There’s a lot more to come.
“It’s just really exciting these things are starting to come in as a few years ago, it felt like interest in the band was non-existent.
“Now we’ve got the band back together again, it seems to have captured everyone’s imagination.”