Bay City Rollers WILL play homecoming Edinburgh gig

Woody, Les and Alan are ready for their reunion. Picture: John Devlin

Woody, Les and Alan are ready for their reunion. Picture: John Devlin

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ROLLERMANIA is heading for the Capital after music promoters bowed to demand for a homecoming gig.

The Bay City Rollers have already sold out four gigs at Glasgow’s Barrowlands – with tickets for the first two reunion shows selling out in minutes.

News of the success sparked widespread calls for the band to return to their home city, including a “Bring The Rollers Home” campaign.

Now the Evening News can reveal that fans will not be disappointed – the Rollers will be performing at the Usher Hall on December 27.

Judging by the success of Barrowlands ticket sales – which forced promoters to add three extra gigs – speculation is growing that there may be more than one performance at the Lothian Road venue.

Three of the “classic five” – Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart “Woody” Wood – last month announced a new single, album and reunion world tour after a long and acrimonious split.

Founding member Longmuir, who was raised in Dalry, said: “I’m very excited to be coming home. I can’t believe the reaction we have received.

“It’s amazing. At my age I never expected to experience this again. I left Edinburgh 40 years ago, travelled the world with the Rollers, settled in Dollar and then Bannockburn, so it’s going to be great to actually get home.

He added: “The last time I appeared at the Usher Hall was to sing in the Tynecastle secondary school choir. I was 15.”

Tickets for the gig, costing between £23.50 and £27.50, are due to go on sale at 9am tomorrow from the Usher Hall box office.

Promoters Donald MacLeod and Mark Mackie, who have been staggered by the success of the reunion tour, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the boys back home for a Christmas Shang-a-Lang. It proves yet again that Rollermania never ever went away, it just took a little holiday.”

A week ago, nearly 2000 
tickets for the first show at the Barrowlands sold out in a record three minutes.

Immediately, concert promoters made the decision to add two additional nights on December 21 and December 22 which also sold out. They then decided to put on a fourth gig on December 23 at the same venue to cope with the demand which has now sold out, too.

john.connell@edinburghnews.com