Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers to rock into Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree

 Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers to rock into Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree

Aberdeen is set to relive the Rollermania days of the 70s when Les McKeown brings his legendary Bay City Rollers to the city’s Lemon Tree on Sunday, November 30 as part of a UK tour.

Tickets for the gig go on sale yesterday (Wednesday) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

After joining the Bay City Rollers in November 1973, the tartan teen sensations, with Les McKeown on lead vocals, shot to superstardom and kicked off Rollermania.

With Les as vocalist, their  first single Remember shot up the UK charts to No 6 and was quickly followed by Shang-A-Lang, Summerlove Sensation and All Of Me Loves All Of You all hitting the top five.

Bye Bye Baby was their first UK No1 in May 1975 followed by Give A Little Love two months later. Their first US single, Saturday Night, went straight to the No 1 spot of the Billboard charts, and their first British album, Rollin' was the first debut album to hit the No1 slot in the charts.

The Rollers released many more top 10 songs over the following two years including Money Honey, I Only Wanna Be With You, and You Made Me Believe In Magic.

Between 1975 and 1978, they toured all over the world and played to sold-out audiences in the USA, Japan, Great Britain, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

After leaving the Bay City Rollers in 1978, Les McKeown reunited the band in 1982 for sell-out shows at Tokyo's famous Budokan, and followed that success with a tour in 1983, releasing a double Live in Japan LP.

They recorded their first studio LP in seven years, Breakout, which was released in Japan and Australia with a tour to support the release.

It was more than 12 years before the band performed together again, taking the stage in their hometown of Edinburgh for the massive Millennium concert festival on New Year's Eve in 1999.

Since then the new members Si Mulvey, Alex Toff, Michael Koch and Alex Southgate, have given the band a new energy and excitement.

The gig will give the city a second dose of the teeny-bopper legend, as Rapture Theatre are to stage their play Shang-a-Lang at His Majesty’s Theatre for a week from September 9, which tells the tale of three forty-something former Rollerettes on their way to a 70s revival weekend in Butlins.

Posted on Thursday 01 May

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