Exclusive: Bay City Rollers to play BBC’s Hogmanay Live

The Bay City Rollers are set to appear on the BBC’s Hogmanay Live at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on New Year’s Eve, we can exclusively reveal.

The 70s sensations triggered a new wave of Rollermania in September when they announced a string of comeback gigs before releasing a brand new album and going on to be honoured with a Living Legends award at Scotland’s music industry Oscars last month – and now they will cap their remarkable comeback with an appearance on the BBC’s flagship Hogmanay show, hosted by Jackie Bird.

The tartan-clad trio of Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart “Woody” Wood – whose pop anthems Shang-a-lang, Bye Bye Baby and Saturday Night saw them become global superstars – will play a hometown double-header on December 27 and 28 at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall after going down an absolute storm on their live return at Glasgow’s Barrowland last week.

Presenter Bird said she was a Rollers fan when she was a teenager.

She said: “If I’d known when I was 15 that I’d get to introduce the Bay City Rollers on live telly, I’d have thought all my Christmases had come at once.

“We’re thrilled to have them on the show – they’re a perfect fit for Hogmanay.

“Their music crosses the generation gap and their legendary anthems will keep the party going wherever you are. We’ve got a great night’s entertainment lined up.”

The BBC’s Hogmanay show will be streamed live for a worldwide audience online at bbc.co.uk/hogmanay and will also be available via the red button for viewers across the UK.

As reported on AAA Edinburgh last week, the band are planning to take America and Japan by storm again, just as they did in their heyday.

The Rollers are in talks to play New York’s iconic Madison Square Gardens and could also appear live in Tokyo in 2016.

The band have also said they hope to play at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next Christmas.

“I can’t believe the way things have gone,” McKeown told the Sunday Post last week. “It’ll be brilliant to play such an amazing place as the Hydro. And our management have been in talks about playing the States and Japan, including Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden, which I absolutely love.”