Rollermania is alive and well in the Land of the Rising Sun.
So says Alan Longmuir, who was shocked to find the Bay City Rollers are still big in Japan when he and Les McKeown made the trip to the Far East to play a series of gigs.
“It was amazing – just like going back in time”, said Longmuir, speaking to the Sunday Post. “We couldn’t believe the reaction we got.
“We were playing two shows a night in some places and the fans were packed in. There were loads of women who told us they’d seen us back in the 1970s. But there were also lots of young girls, maybe their daughters, and guys, too.”
Alan and Les made the across-the-world trip without Stuart “Woody” Wood, who missed out due to personal commitments.
The Rollers duo played gigs in Tokyo and Osaka and they were mobbed by fans everywhere they went – although in a far more respectful way than before.
“We did meet-and-greet sessions and everyone was so happy to see us,” said Alan. “One thing like in the past was that they seemed to find out where we were staying. But they weren’t all jumping on us this time. They were well-mannered and polite.
“When we were there first time around I remember looking out of the back window of the tour bus and all I could see was a sea of taxis as fans followed us.”
The Bay City Rollers are set to release a new album in June, with lead single Boomerang expected to be released in a few weeks’ time.
The Edinburgh pop sensations became one of the most successful pop groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early 1970s, selling an estimated 70 million records.
They enjoyed a string of No.1 hit singles and albums all over the world, including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove Sensation.