Bay City Rollers prepare for T in the Park

Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown. Picture: Colin Hattersley

Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown. Picture: Colin Hattersley

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SCREAMING fans and a sea of tartan greeted the Bay City Rollers when they turned the clock back last December to play a brace of comeback gigs at the Usher Hall.

This weekend the reunion continues as three members of the Capital’s most famous boyband play their first major festival, T in the Park.

Tomorrow, founding member Alan Longmuir, 68, will be joined by guitarist Stuart “Woody” Wood, 59 and frontman Les McKeown, 60, at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, for a greatest hits set in the famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.

Alan says: “It’s going to be great. I’m really looking forward to playing the festival, something I never could have imagined happening a few years ago.

“The reaction to the reunion has been amazing. I still can’t believe it’s all happening again. It’s just like the old days.”

For “Voice of the Rollers” Les, T in the Park is just one date in an increasingly busy diary, which will see him take to the road with his own band to promote his forthcoming album Les McKeown... The Lost Songs later in the year.

The singer/songwriter and his band have been performing to capacity crowds for the past decade and his upcoming 50-date tour will give fans a first chance to hear the “new” songs, written by Les himself.

The songs on the album were composed and recorded on cassette tapes in hotel rooms around the world as the Rollers enjoyed their heyday.

That was 40 years ago, but they are only being heard for the first time now.

Les explains: “I kept the tapes in a suitcase in my attic and never thought they’d see the light of day.

“I’m ecstatic that they have now been turned into this great record and proud to finally be able to perform them for my fans.”

The album, produced by multi-million selling writer and producer John McLaughlin, will be released on iTunes on August 22.

Fans of Alan, meanwhile, can get up close and personal this August when he returns to the stage in his international hit Festival show I Ran With The Gang, which opens at Le Monde Hotel, George Street for a third Fringe season on August 5.

The tartan terrors are definitely back.