The Bay City Rollers thrilled fans in September when they announced their big reunion – but now after a cryptic tweet from one of the band, fandom is in meltdown with rumours that all’s not well in the Rollers’ camp.
Is the second coming of Rollermania over before it practically began? Could it be Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)? Certainly that’s what many fans of the tartan-clad 70s sensations are speculating about.
Concerns surfaced when singer Les McKeown appeared sans bandmates Alan Longmuir and Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood in the Spiegeltent at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries on Saturday night – an event that had previously been billed as featuring all the current Bay City Rollers on the BBC’s website.
Talk about a possible rift gathered pace after guitarist Wood posted a cryptic message on his official Twitter account.
The 58-year-old, who lives in Edinburgh, posted the following:
You think of it
you build it up
You tear it down
And while Wood’s tweet contains lyrics from the Rollers’ song Are You Cuckoo?, fans were soon speculating as to its meaning.
Over on Facebook, meanwhile, things had already started to go a little crazy on the band’s official page, which, rather bizarrely, it appears McKeown does not have administrator privileges for.
Late on Friday night, using his own account, McKeown posted the following:
Or remove me
from this place
‘Its a mystery what its about’, replied one fan.
‘Hope Les is okay’, wrote another fan.
‘Who has upset you Les?’, asked another fan.
One fan who seemed to be in the know as far as McKeown’s rights to post on the band’s Facebook account, wrote: ‘You absolutely should be able to post on page and not just as a visitor. That is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. I was shocked when I saw that! We love you forever and always and that saddens us immensely. Wake up and smell the coffee administrators!’
Soon after, another fan wrote: ‘WTF is this all about? Did I miss something. Anyone know what prompted Les comment?’
Clearly, by now fans were starting to put two and two together, and making five.
‘Please don’t go!’ begged one fan, adding, ‘There was a criptic message from Woody on twitter last night to! We’re getting worried! Xx.’
‘The Saturday night no show on the back of this is causing mass speculation & none of it good,’ added another fan.
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 reformed band 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.
McKeown and Longmuir will perform together in Japan for the first time in decades in February – again without Wood, however it is believed these dates were booked in advance of the band reforming late last year.