Alan Longmuir rules out Bay City Rollers reunion, saying “hit show is where my heart is”

Alan Longmuir has ruled out a Bay City Rollers reunion, but says he’s looking forward to turning the Fringe tartan this summer in I Ran With The Gang.

The hit show, which captures the nostalgia of a period in musical history forever known as the time of ‘Rollermania’, returns to Le Monde Hotel on George Street this August – and original Roller Longmuir told AAA Edinburgh that he can’t wait to run with the gang again.

“We are going into our fourth year at Le Monde Hotel this Fringe and off to Toronto tomorrow for the second time,” said the 68-year-old guitarist. “We must be doing something right.

“It takes me back to being on the road with the Rollers in the early days. There’s a great camaraderie amongst the cast and company.

“Although I still appear with Les McKeown from time to time, I Ran With The Gang is where my heart is these days now that the chances of the Rollers performing together are long gone.

“We just have a great time and so do our audiences from all over the world,” he added.

Written by award-winning playwright Liam Rudden (Thief, Silence In Court, Conflict In Court), I Ran With The Gang is a celebration of those heady days of hit songs like Shang-A-Lang, Saturday Night and Bye Bye Baby, hectic touring schedules, Top of the Pops appearances and the behind-the-scenes pandemonium that followed the Edinburgh band everywhere they went in the 70s.

At its core, the play reveals the story of Longmuir, the original Roller, and tells of his rise from working as a plumber to being a heartthrob to millions. But this fun, fast-paced production also features a set of the Rollers’ biggest hits, and ends with a Q&A session with Longmuir himself.

I Ran With The Gang: The Story of Alan Longmuir, the Original Bay City Roller, Le Monde (Venue 47), Aug 4, 6-11, 13-18, 7pm, £15. For tickets, call 0131-226 0000, or visit www.lrstageworks or www.edfringe.com

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