Bay City Rollers singer thrills tartan-clad crowd at Big Burns Supper

Hundreds of tartan-clad fans turned out to see Les McKeown of 70s sensations the Bay City Rollers perform in front of a sell-out crowd in the Spiegeltent at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries on Saturday night.

Hot on the heels of his band’s triumphant reunion gigs, McKeown – sans Alan Longmuir and Stuart “Woody” Wood – thrilled fans with hit-packed set that included Shang-A-Lang, I Only Wanna Be With You and Bye Bye Baby.

“That was a fantastic gig,” said McKeown after coming off stage to rapturous applause. “I couldn’t believe what a great time we have all had here at Big Burns Supper.

“When they were young we were the untouchable dream boyfriends for a lot of girls. Nowadays, we are their untouchable granddads.

“We love it that so many people want to dress up in the tartan gear and join us for a great time.”

The Edinburgh pop legends became one of the most successful groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early 70s, selling an estimated 70 million records.

The Rollers recently picked up the Living Legends Award at the SSE Scottish Music Awards at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket in an event held to raise much-needed funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

“This award means so much to me personally, as it’s from the homeland,” said a delighted McKeown after collecting the award. “It’s truly amazing to see all this love for the Rollers again.

I’d like to thank everyone at SSE Scottish Music Awards for honouring the Rollers in such an incredible way after all these years.

“This award is bigger than the Oscars, because the Nordoff Robbins charity helps change peoples lives… that’s special. Rollermania is back.”

As reported on AAA Edinburgh recently, 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.