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Bay City Rollers reunion gig tickets sell out in THREE minutes

Paul Ward

Published 25/09/2015 | 15:48

(left to right) Alan Longmuir, Les McKeown and Stuart Wood make the announcement of their reunion in Glasgow
(left to right) Alan Longmuir, Les McKeown and Stuart Wood make the announcement of their reunion in Glasgow
The Bay City Rollers at the height of their fame

Tickets for the first Bay City Rollers reunion concert have sold out in just three minutes.

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Original members Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart Wood revealed they were getting back together earlier this week and tickets for their show at Glasgow's Barrowland on December 20 went on sale this morning.

They immediately sold out and two other gigs on December 21 and 22 were added, of which the second has already sold out.

Formed at the end of the 1960s, the then Scots boyband enjoyed huge success at home and abroad with their distinctive tartan outfits and upbeat pop tunes like Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang.

They had a massive teen following, sold more than 100 million records and have been described as the ''One Direction of their day''.

The original line-up also included Eric Faulkner and Derek Longmuir, and the band said Faulkner may join them in the next few weeks.

Mark Mackie, from promoter Regular Music, said: "In just three minutes tickets for the first Bay City Rollers Barrowland show were snapped up by eager fans, a second night was immediately added and also sold out in record time.

"We are now delighted to announce that a third show has now gone on sale. It's a stunning response, 'Rollermania' is very much alive and well."

The band rose to fame producing numerous top 10 hits, sell-out tours and their own TV show before splitting in 1978, with bitter battles over money between band members and managers dragging on for decades.

Court cases are still continuing to resolve a dispute over royalties owed to the group and speaking at a press conference earlier this week, McKeown said money has been a factor in the reunion.

''I think the three of us have made (fans') dreams come true and the fans are the reason that we're doing it - that and the money of course.''

He joked: ''We'll probably never see a penny, it'll be a repeat of the last 40 years.

''I don't think it was down to luck, I think it was awful, terrible management and a lot of thieves around us taking advantage of us. That's in the past now and we've got good people with us.''

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