Bay City Rollers promise fans classic seventies hits after securing T in the Park dream gig

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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.

Seventies superstars the Bay City Rollers have joined this year’s T in the Park bill .

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.

The Bay City Rollers in the seventies

The Bay City Rollers in the seventies

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.

The Bay City Rollers in their hay day

The Bay City Rollers in their hay day

“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?

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Bay City Rollers are set to perform at T in the Park

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.”



Now it’s the GREY City Rollers: 1970s heartthrobs make a surprise comeback 40 years after they stormed the charts with Bye Bye Baby

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  • Three members of the hit band announced comeback tour in December
  • Stuart John Wood, Les McKeown and Alan Longmuir will be in the band
  • Ageing stars, 58, 59 and 67, will start tour in Glasgow this December
  • Said that one more member of the former fivesome may join in




It would seem it is not Bye Bye Baby for the Bay City Rollers as the 70s boyband are set to make a surprise comeback.

Three members of the original line-up are reuniting almost 40 years on from the height of their fame.

Formed at the end of the 1960s, the Scottish group sold over 100million records and secured worldwide success with upbeat pop tunes like Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang.

Despite their worldwide success sparking ‘Rollermania’ the members of the Bay City Rollers have not been left well-off due to disputes over royalties. Court cases on the matter are still on-going.

Lead singer Les McKeown yesterday suggested that money troubles may have played a part in their reunion.

He said: ‘I think the three of us have made dreams come true and the fans are the reason that we’re doing it – that and the money of course.’

But he joked: ‘We’ll probably never see a penny. It’ll be a repeat of the last 40 years.’

He blamed their predicament on ‘awful, terrible management and a lot of thieves around us taking advantage of us.’

Yesterday the band said they ‘were bigger than One Direction’ in their heyday and announced their return with a new album and Christmas gig in Glasgow.

The group began to falter after splitting from McKeown in 1978 among rising tensions between the squabbling members.

But showing no sign of hard-feelings, the frontman, now 59, posed for a thumbs-up picture yesterday with returning members bassist Alan Longmuir, 67, and guitarist Stuart Wood, 58.

McKeown left the band not long after a disastrous performance in Japan which ended in an on-stage brawl. His fellow Rollers, who is married to Peko and has one son, supposedly turned off his spotlight and changed key without warn-ing so he sounded out of tune.

He said yesterday: ‘Stuff happened but we’ve put it in the past and will leave it in the past, and we’ve had time to talk to each other as grownups.

‘There were important emotional scars but it’s not something that you can’t get over.’ He added with a smile: ‘Especially when there’s huge amounts of money involved!’

Wood insisted that better days were ahead for the band, saying: ‘The curse has been lifted, we’re writing the last chapter.’

McKeown had a long battle with drink and drugs following the band’s break-up. Yesterday he contrasted it with the Rollers’ pure image created by their former manager, who insisted they on-ly drank milk at press conferences.

Picking up a glass of milk at the press conference, he joked: ‘We’ve gone full circle, ladies and gentlemen, we went from milk to alcohol to drugs and then back again.’

In the intervening years Alan Longmuir has worked as a plumber, a bylaws inspector and dabbled with acting. McKeown had continued to perform under the band name Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers and Wood has also stayed in the music industry.

The band said former guitarist Eric Faulkner, 61, may also join them in the coming weeks but ruled out an appearance from drummer Derek Longmuir, 64, the younger brother of bandmate Alan.

He changed careers after the band split and has been a cardiology nurse for the last 28 years. He escaped jail in 2000 after being caught in possession of child pornography.

The Bay City Rollers will kick off their reunion with a show at Glasgow Barrowland on December 20.