Bay City Rollers add second Edinburgh date

Bay City Rollers Stuart Wood, Les McKeown and Alan Longmuir announce their reunion. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Bay City Rollers Stuart Wood, Les McKeown and Alan Longmuir announce their reunion. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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the much-anticipated return of the Bay City Rollers to their home city has been so successful that an extra date has been added.

The re-formed band’s plans to play a comeback gig at Glasgow’s Barrowlands – which has now been extended to four dates – sparked the “Bring The Rollers Home” campaign.

Organisers bowed to the pressure and set a date for a homecoming gig at the Usher Hall on December 27, but ticket sales have been so “phenomenal” that they have now added an extra date.

Tickets are said to be selling well for the new date on Monday, December 28.

Promoters Donald MacLeod and Mark Mackie said in a statement: “Edinburgh has been hit by Rollermania once again. Demand for tickets for their December 27 Usher Hall homecoming show has been so phenomenal that a second date will now go on sale.”

The enthusiasm for the comeback has delighted the three members of the “classic five” who have got back together for the reunion tour.

Band manager and record producer John McLaughlin said: “Edinburgh is where the boys come from and we knew the loyalty of the Edinburgh fans would never let them down.

“We are delighted to add a second day and as each day goes by it seems more and more unbelievable, but we never doubted the support of Edinburgh, especially after the online reaction to the Evening News campaign to bring them home. The boys are all on cloud nine.”

And founding member Alan Longmuir, who will be joined by Les McKeown and Stuart “Woody” Wood for the tour, said he was overwhelmed at the thought of returning to the Usher Hall, having performed there as a teenager.

Longmuir, who grew up in the Capital, said: “When I was 15 and appeared at the Usher Hall in my school choir, I only did it becuase I was told to. I never imagined that one day I’d be back headlining such a prestigious venue.

“If it wasn’t for the Edinburgh fans supporting us in the early days and following us around Scotland, Rollermania would never have happened. It’s great to see it’s still alive and well and I’m looking forward to catching up with Bruce Findlay, who was a great help right at the start.”

Former Simple Minds manager Mr Findlay founded the iconic 1960s music shop Bruce’s Records, which helped to promote the band’s first albums.

The reunion, which comes nearly 30 years after the band split when McKeown decided to go solo, was announced last month. In addition to the world tour, the 1970s stars will also release a new album.

Tickets for the Usher Hall gig, costing between £23.50 and £27.50, are now on sale online, at the Usher Hall and at city record stores.