Fans call for Bay City Rollers gig in Edinburgh

Les, Alan and Woody at the Barrowlands. Picture: John Devlin
Les, Alan and Woody at the Barrowlands. Picture: John Devlin
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Rollers sell out three nights in Glasgow, so will we be next?

They sum up Scottish childhood for a generation and enjoy a devoted following almost four decades after their 1970’s heyday.

Can’t believe they are not coming to Edinburgh. Why Glasgow? After all you did come from the Pans [Prestonpans]”

Fan Gail Roberts

But while the Bay City Rollers knew their fanbase would be delighted at their comeback, nothing could have prepared them for the level of excitement that has greeted their reunion world tour.

Their first gig in Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on December 20 sold out within minutes yesterday, prompting promoters to add two more dates – which also sold out – followed by a fourth which may be sold out by the time the News hits the shops.

The record-breaking ticket scramble has sparked growing calls for the 70s superstars to perform in their home city.

Writing on the Facebook page dedicated to the hit Fringe Show And I Ran With The Gang, Gail Roberts wrote: “Can’t believe they are not coming to Edinburgh. Why Glasgow? After all you did come from the Pans [Prestonpans],” while Nal Ferguson said: “Come back to Edinburgh”.

Manager John McLaughlin said the band were “desperate” to come back but stressed that this was ultimately a decision for the promoters.

Nearly 2000 tickets for the first show at The Barrowlands went on sale at 9am, and sold out in a record three minutes. Immediately, concert promoters Regular Music, 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 at the same venue to cope with the demand.

Responding to the record-breaking sales, promoter Mark Mackie of Regular Music, declared that Rollermania is “very much alive and well”.

“I can’t remember a time when a band sold out three shows in one day and we added a fourth,” he said. “This in stunning. The vibe out there is incredible but even we didn’t expect it to sell quite so well. We have been pleasantly shocked and this will open up doors all over the word.”

Mr McLaughlin who helped to negotiate the reunion, said he was “shocked” by the level of excitement.

“It just shows the power and loyalty of the Bay City Rollers fans,” he said. “As a fan myself, I’m beside myself. I’m shocked that so many people feel just like me. This is growing arms and legs.”

Alan Longmuir, who recently starred in And I Ran With The Gang, said: “It’s just crazy. I can’t believe how quickly the tickets have sold. It’s just like being back in the old days and I can’t wait to get into rehearsals.”

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