Les McKeown to see Alan Longmuir Fringe show

Les McKeown is coming to see Alan Longmuir in his play And I Ran With The Gang. Picture: Getty

Les McKeown is coming to see Alan Longmuir in his play And I Ran With The Gang. Picture: Getty

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IT’S the tantalising reunion of two Edinburgh-born pop legends that brings new meaning to their classic hit Keep On Dancing.

Bay City Roller idols Les McKeown and Alan Longmuir are to meet in the Capital – but this time in the Fringe theatre rather than the music hall.

Mr McKeown, former lead singer for the iconic pop group, has revealed he is heading to the Capital to catch his one-time bandmate’s star turn in And I Ran With the Gang.

Revealing the story of Mr Longmuir as the “original” Bay City Roller, the show sees the bassist tell the tale of his rise from working as a plumber to successfully establishing a globe-straddling pop colossus.

It also features a number of the band’s most loved songs, including Bye Bye Baby, All Of Me Loves All Of You, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove 
Sensation.

Although stressing he will only be in town to watch Mr Longmuir’s performance on Thursday, confirmation from Mr McKeown that he is on his way back to Edinburgh has sparked fevered discussion among fans about whether the pair are set to take to the stage together once again.

Mr McKeown told the Evening News: “I am absolutely looking forward to proudly standing with my old buddy Alan, a friend of 40 years, who I went to the top of the charts with.

“I have all the time in the world for him and his lovely wife Eileen, and can’t wait to see them again.”

And Mr Longmuir added: “I really hope [Les] enjoys the show.”

The origins of the Bay City Rollers – Edinburgh’s original supergroup – stretch back to 1966, when Mr Longmuir, his younger brother and drummer, Derek, and their schoolfriend, Gordon “Nobby” Clark, founded a band called The Saxons.

Soon after, they changed their name to The Bay City Rollers after throwing a dart at a map of America which landed near Bay City in Michigan.

They scored their first hit in 1971 with Keep on Dancing, before going on to spark a period of worldwide “Rollermania” during which they were hailed as international teen superstars.

However, creative tensions eventually led to a split and in recent years there have been rows and court cases over royalties.

Show producer and Edinburgh pub tycoon Billy Lowe described the bandmates’ Fringe re-union at Le Monde in George Street as “once in a life-time”.

“In all my years in the licensed trade I have never known anything like the buzz created by the story of Alan’s time with the Bay City Rollers,” he said.

“People are raving about the show. The thought of Les joining Alan on Thursday is just brilliant.

“It will be one of the few times since the Millennium Hogmanay that fans will have a chance to get up close and personal with two of the Rollers.”