Rollers mania returns

Rolling back the years: join original Roller Les McKeown in The Musical Story of the Bay City Rollers.
Rolling back the years: join original Roller Les McKeown in The Musical Story of the Bay City Rollers.

TEENY Boppers of a certain age can dust off their Oxford bags and swing their scarves, as their favourite Tartan Army rolls back into town for the first time in decades.

Original Bay City Roller frontman Les McKeown tells the story of how five ordinary guys from Edinburgh became a worldwide pop sensation, in Rollermania! on Tuesday, April 19, at Rotherham Civic Theatre.

The Musical Story of The Bay City Rollers is the brand new show that has been taking UK theatres by storm.

Starring McKeown, the voice on all the Bay City Roller hits, the show is a nostalgic ride back to when the world turned tartan in the mid–70s, as he recounts stories behind the Rollers dramatic rise to fame and fortune.

His four–piece band, The Legendary Bay City Rollers perform songs which influenced the original band as they were forging their way in the music business as well as all the Roller hits – including Bye Bye Baby, Summer Love Sensation, I Only Want To Be With You and Shang A Lang.

The show has been performing to sell out houses in the UK and has been widely acclaimed by both audiences and the entertainment media.

The Bay City Rollers notched up nine UK Top 10 hits – including two number ones. Their first two albums, Rollin and Once Upon A Star, stayed in the album charts for a total of 99 weeks from 1974-1976. Bye Bye Baby, the Rollers’ first number one was the UK’s biggest selling single of 1975.

The band were mobbed wherever they went and their trademark Scottish tartan was everywhere – made popular by the clothes they wore. The screams of a generation of young girls could be heard around the world.

Making their American television debut in the fall of 1975 on Howard Cosell’s Saturday Night Live, the Rollers found a following that would resonate with screams through concert halls around the world for the next three years. By 1976 they were consistently hitting the US Top 10 charts with songs such as Saturday Night, their first US number one, You Made Me Believe In Magic and Rock and Roll Love Letter.

As the initial boyband hysteria wore off, the band went through a series of line-up changes and have since become embroiled in legal disputes over millions of pounds of the earnings they made at the peak of their fame.

But for their fans, they personified an era of youthful exhuberance and hormonal hero-worship only they can fully understand. Tickets £19.50 – hotline on 01709 823621.