Just weeks after they buried the hatchet following a fallout at T in the Park, the Bay City Rollers have had yet another bust-up – this time on live TV.
Living up to their old ‘Bay City Brawlers’ nickname, guitarist Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood reacted angrily when singer Les McKeown tried to plug his solo album at the start of STV’s Live At Five show.
According to reports, Woody tried to snatch the CD out of McKeown’s hands, which sparked an angry confrontation during the broadcast, as there had been an agreement that solo projects were not to be discussed when on promotional duties with the Rollers.
The album was then thrown across the studio floor, with Woody storming off and leaving McKeown and fellow Roller Alan Longmuir to finish the interview on their own.
McKeown even joked during the interview that he would make sure that Woody got a signed copy of the album for his Christmas.
Despite the fallout, John McLaughlin, the band’s manager, insisted the band had made up before the show had even ended saying: “After an old-fashioned man hug they’re all ready to rock the Hydro.”
As reported on AAA, Woody only recently rejoined the Rollers in time for their money-spinning Christmas shows after a bust-up at T in the Park – and it took an apology from McKeown to get the 70s sensations back together.
When Woody quit the reformed Rollers in July, fans feared that would be the last they saw of the Shang-A-Lang hitmakers.
But Woody patched up his differences with his bandmates after McKeown admitted he was in the wrong.
“I had to admit I was a t***er and had been in the wrong,” said 60-year-old McKeown.
Woody accepted the apology, and McKeown, Wood and Alan Longmuir said they were looking forward to shows at Glasgow’s Hydro, London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom in December.
“Once Les got the apology out of the way we could talk again — although I probably said things I shouldn’t have either,” said Wood. “After Les said sorry, I thought, ‘Let’s stop the nonsense and get back to doing things I should be doing’.
“We need to be more open with each other.
“Things became too complicated. All we have to do is get out there and do the songs we know the best we can. We’ve got to stop our rows as they get silly and out of hand.
“But that’s always been our problem. Because the Rollers were so big our fallouts were all done publicly.”
It seems that little has changed there.
The Edinburgh pop legends became one of the most successful groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early Seventies, selling an estimated 70 million records.
The reformed band – featuring McKeown, Alan Longmuir and “Woody” – triggered a new wave of Rollermania in September when they announced a string of comeback gigs.
Bay City Rollers’ other UK dates:
- O2 Ritz, Manchester 10 December 2016
- Tramshed Cardiff 12 December 2016
- Eventim Apollo, London 14 December 2016
- Wolverhampton Civic Hall 15 December 2016
- Empress Ballroom Blackpool 16 December 2016
- O2 Academy Newcastle 17 December