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'We were bigger than One Direction' - Bay City Rollers to make comeback after 40 years

Published 23/09/2015 | 13:20

The Bay City Rollers at the height of their fame
The Bay City Rollers at the height of their fame

Several rows and lawsuits no longer hindering a Bay City Rollers comeback as the hit 60s band has announce a reunion and tour.

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The Scottish band will bring Rollermania back after 40 years with a comeback gig at Glasgow's Barrowland on December 20.

Speaking at the announcement in Glasgow last night, original member Les McKeown said, “I’m feeling great, I’m feeling fabulous. It’s been hard work on everyone’s part. Maybe I instigated it a couple of years ago when I mentioned on TV that I’d love to get back with the guys and that put a little seed in everyone’s head.

“Slowly but surely we started to gravitate towards each other again.”

The original band also included Eric Faulkner who may join the band again according to McKeown.  Stuart Wood is also returning but Derek Longmuir has been a cardiology nurse for 28 years and is not interested in rejoining the band.

The band hit the height of their fame in the 60s but split in 1978 after a series of problems with each other and management.

Wood, left, McKeown and Longmuir toast with milk as they make the announcement of their reunion at Central Hotel in Glasgow
Wood, left, McKeown and Longmuir toast with milk as they make the announcement of their reunion at Central Hotel in Glasgow

Of their issues, McKeown said, "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 grown ups. There were important emotional scars but it’s not something that you can’t get over."

McKeown and Stuart had a lengendary on stage fight, something they'll reference in the new show.

“We came up with the idea to add the fight as part of the show, everybody would expect to see it so I’ll be at the front and Woody will kick me off and that’ll be it.”

Stuart added that the Bay City Rollers were "bigger than One Direction. They haven't had a mania."

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