A few months back, we broke the news that Bay City Rollers guitarist Stuart “Woody” Wood had quit the band following their appearance at T in the Park.
Back then, the 58-year-old, who lives in Edinburgh, posted the following on social media site Twitter: ‘Hi All…just to say TITP is my last gig. Disappointed is an understatement but outwith my control.’
His decision to leave the band came as a huge surprise to fans, who, only a few months earlier, had been buoyed by the return of the Seventies sensations after many years of silence.
Today (September 9), Wood has taken to Facebook (read his post below) to explain the reasons for his departure – and not for the first time, he’s putting the blame firmly at the door of frontman Les McKeown.
He wrote: Hi All…This may sound like sour grapes well it is. I tried to get things back on track even having a lawyer draw up a deal that protects everyone including management, agents and promoters. One of my main issues was to stop Les booking gigs for his band using the name incorrectly as he continues to do, he’s now using the BCR logo on his band’s drum kit, not only disrespectful but more deceit and hurt. Les recently posted he wanted me back and apologised for everything. I stupidly believed him not realising Christmas tickets were going on sale soon and this was just a another lie. We were meant to have a phone conversation with management…it didn’t happen…I’ve emailed him though no response…you tell me! I feel for you guys because this was meant to be fun and simple but has once again become nasty and deceitful. I’m going to do another video shortly to reveal the whole sordid mess. Best Wishes, Woody x
In July, shortly after he quit the Rollers, Wood branded the treatment his wife has received since he quit the Shang-A-Lang hitmakers as “disgusting”.
Talking to The Sun newspaper about the reasons behind his shock exit, he said he had hoped the Rollers’ reformation last year would have “been a fresh start” and that each band member would have “earned £1million over the next two years”.
He went on to blame McKeown for scuppering their chances, claiming “Les has ruined it because of his greed”.
“When we got back together, Les agreed he would dedicate one year to us as a band,” continued Wood. “I was very optimistic — but it wasn’t long before things started to turn sour.
“Fans were under the impression that Les’ shows were Bay City Rollers gigs. I was getting messages from fans pissed off with me for not turning up at gigs — but they were Les’ shows.”
The Bay City Rollers 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, Longmuir and Wood – triggered a new wave of Rollermania in September when they announced a string of comeback gigs before going on to be honoured with a Living Legends award at Scotland’s music industry Oscars.
Last month, McKeown released a solo album on August 22 called The Lost Songs.
Click HERE to read our exclusive interview with McKeown.