Rollermania revival as Les returns to city

Bay City Roller Les McKeown
Bay City Roller Les McKeown

The Rollermania days of the 70s are set to return to Aberdeen later this year.

Les McKeown is bringing his legendary Bay City Rollers to the city’s Lemon Tree on Sunday, November 30, as part of a UK tour.

After joining the Bay City Rollers in November 1973, the tartan teen sensations, with Les McKeown on lead vocals, shot to superstardom and kicked off Rollermania.

With Les as vocalist, their first single Remember shot up the UK charts to No 6 and was quickly followed by Shang-A-Lang, Summerlove Sensation and All Of Me Loves All Of You, each hitting the top five.

Bye Bye Baby was their first UK No1 in May, 1975, followed by Give A Little Love two months later. Their first US single, Saturday Night, went straight to the No 1 spot of the Billboard charts, and their first British album, Rollin’ was the first debut album to hit the No1 slot in the charts.

The Rollers released many more top 10 songs over the following two years including Money Honey, I Only Wanna Be With You, and You Made Me Believe In Magic.

Between 1975 and 1978, they toured the world and played to sell-out audiences in the USA, Japan, Great Britain, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. After leaving the Rollers in 1978, Les McKeown reunited the band in 1982 for full houses at Tokyo’s famous Budokan, and followed that success with a tour in 1983, releasing a double Live in Japan LP. They recorded their first studio LP in seven years, Breakout, which was released in Japan and Australia with a tour to support the release.

It was more than 12 years before the band performed together again, taking the stage in their hometown of Edinburgh for the massive Millennium concert festival on New Year’s Eve in 1999.

Since then the new members Si Mulvey, Alex Toff, Michael Koch and Alex Southgate, have given them a new energy and excitement.

The gig will give Aberdeen a second dose of the teeny-bopper legend, as Rapture Theatre are to stage their play Shang-a-Lang at His Majesty’s Theatre for a week from September 9.

It tells the tale of three forty-something former Rollerettes on their way to a 70s revival weekend in Butlins.

Tickets for the November gig are on sale at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by calling 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.