Rollermania is (kinda) back. The Bay City Rollers, Scotland’s tartan-touting ‘70s pop phenomenon who scored chart-topping hits on both sides of the Atlantic, is returning as a three-piece.
The reunited act features three of the group’s classic five-man lineup — Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart Wood — who promised “a very special Christmas present to all the fans that have kept the faith with the band over the years” with a gig at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on Dec. 20.
Announcing the reunion at a press conference in Glasgow, singer McKeown told reporters, “You think we’re doing it for money but we’re doing it for the glory of Scotland and the glory of the tartan.
“Taking the Scottish name all around the globe. That’s what we’re doing it for — to see our fans again one more time.” According to reports, they’ve been working on a new single, “Boomerang” and original bandmate Eric Faulkner is in the frame to rejoin the group sometime in the future.
The band, first known as the Saxons, scored a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Saturday Night” in 1976, one of its three top 10s in the U.S. In the U.K., the group enjoyed No. 1s with “Bye Bye Baby” and “Give a Little Love” (both from 1975) and saw ten songs hit the Top 10. The band split in 1981. In 2007, six members of the Bay City Rollers launched a lawsuit accusing Arista Records of failing to pay millions of dollars in royalties. That legal case remains unresolved.
All told, the Rollers are said to have sold more than 100 million albums during their career.