Bay City Rollers comeback: Talks over New York gig

Les, Alan and Woody are set to play the Barrowlands on Sunday night.
Les, Alan and Woody are set to play the Barrowlands on Sunday night.
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THE Bay City Rollers are set to take American by storm all over again.

Talks are under way for the Scots sensations to play New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden in 2016.

And as they get set to play their first reunion gig tonight at Glasgow’s Barrowland, next year’s festive period is already set to be even bigger for the Rollers.

Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart Wood revealed in September that they were getting back together, and they hope to perform at play Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next Christmas.

“I can’t believe the way things have gone,” said Les.

“It’ll be brilliant to play such an amazing place as the Hydro.

“And our management have been in talks about dates in Japan and the States, including Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden, which I’d absolutely love.”

Next Christmas’s Hydro gig will be part of an arena tour in recognition of the band’s pulling power. And it’ll just be part of an amazing 2016, with a host of TV shows planned and a new album due.

The concerts over the next 10 days will include Edinburgh, Manchester and London. But Les says tonight is the one that’ll be an emotional affair almost four decades after they all last played together.

“I won’t be nervous as I’m so at home on stage,” said Les.

“I only ever got nervous on my driving test and first dates.

“It will hit me afterwards though, and I’ll probably come off and burst into tears in my wife’s arms.”

Meanwhile, the gigs could be a breakthrough for unknown 19-year-old Lucia Fontaine, from Glasgow, who’ll be the support act.

“When I first saw her I was blown away,” added Les.

“I tipped off Alan and Woody and they agreed this girl is something special.

“So we wanted to give her a chance to play to the bigger crowds she deserves.”