Bay City Rollers: Alan Longmuir interview

Alan Longmuir, founder of the Bay City Rollers, is turning the Fringe tartan alongside a stellar cast in I Ran With The Gang – a smash-hit play capturing the nostalgia of a period in musical history that will forever be known as the time of  ‘Rollermania’.

The show, written by award-winning playwright Liam Rudden (Thief, Silence In Court, Conflict In Court), is a celebration of those heady days of hit songs like Shang-A-Lang, Saturday Night and Bye Bye Baby, hectic touring schedules, Top of the Pops appearances and the behind-the-scenes pandemonium that followed the Edinburgh band everywhere they went in the 70s.

At its core, the play reveals the story of Longmuir, the original Roller, and tells of his rise from working as a plumber to being a heartthrob to millions. But this fun, fast-paced production also features a set of the Rollers’ biggest hits, and ends with a Q&A session with Longmuir himself.

If you’re still to see it, we recommend you get along to Le Monde at the very first opportunity. Ticket info at foot of the page.

You can read AAA’s five-star review of I Ran With The Gang by clicking HERE

AAA Edinburgh caught up with Alan Longmuir recently to find out what he loves most about his hometown Edinburgh.

  • Who would you choose to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?

Well, we did it in 2000 and had a brilliant time. I’d love to see Paolo Nutini do it again. He’s a great guy.

  • Favourite old-fashioned boozer?

Ryries at Haymarket. It was my dad’s watering hole and first place I’d head when returning from touring with the Rollers.

  • Favourite style bar?

Le Monde Hotel on George Street. It’s my home away from home during every August. Very relaxed. The perfect place to chill with a pint.

  • Favourite restaurant?

The Dome. Amazing building. Amazing atmosphere. Amazing food.

  • Do you love or loathe the Festival?

I love the Festival. The city is so exciting. i thrive on the buzz.

  • Favourite art gallery?

I could spend hours in the National Gallery. I used to do a bit of painting myself, and even managed to sell some.

  • Favourite cinema?

The old Odeon. Or the old ABC. Or the old Regal – saw Paul McCartney and Wings there. The Beatles played the Regal too, but I couldn’t afford a ticket.

  • Favourite live music venue?

Has to be the Usher Hall. That where it all started when, as a kid, I sang there in the Tynecastle School Choir. Then at Christmas we did two sold out Bay City Rollers Reunion gigs. I’d come full circle.

  • Favourite walk in or around the city?

Up and over the top of Arthur’s Seat.

  • Favourite shopping area?ran

I shop for clothes in Edinburgh which always means a trip to see Sandy and Peter at Slaters on George Street.

  • Favourite piece of architecture?

The Scott Monument. I’ve climbed it many times. Views are always breath-taking.

  • What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?

The one-way systems. I’d never drive in Edinburgh now.

  • Favourite festival?

The Fringe. It’s been a huge part of my life for the last two years thanks to I Ran With The Gang at Le Monde Hotel. I met so many lovely people and really talented actors. And the management and staff of Le Monde always makes Eileen, my wife, and I feel so welcome, like we’re part of their family.

  • Favourite Edinburgh-set novel?

I love my animals, so it has to be Greyfriars Bobby.

  • Favourite Edinburgh band ever?

A 60s band called The Beachcombers. They were brilliant.

  • Favourite local hero?

Tam White. I knew him well, he was a great musician, a great actor, and a great friend. He was also a stone mason. We worked together on the Standard Life Building in St Andrew’s Square when I was doing the plumbing in the 60s.

  • Sell Edinburgh to a tourist in no more than ten words…

Home of the Bay City Rollers… and has a castle.

Ran With The Gang, Le Monde, George Street, until 28 August, Sunday-Friday 7pm (not Saturdays), £15, 0131-226 0000, www.lrstageworks or www.edfringe.com

Photo credit: Susan Rostron

COMMENTS

  • <cite class="fn">Janet Deighton</cite>

    I’m biased cos I’m a fan ambassadors for the show.
    I first saw it 3 years ago after spotting it on a flyer while on a bus in town. As a massive BCR fan and very much an ALAN fan went along to see it.
    I have to say even 3 years on you do NOT have to be a BCR fan to enjoy this show although it helps lol. It is the best feel good show since Mama Mia and Sunshine on Leith. All the people who have come to see it always leave with a smile on their face and a spring in their step and the remarks have been amazing. I as a Fan Ambassador for the show get to see it every night of the run and never tire of it. I am honoured and humbled to have been asked to help out where I can and to promote the show. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. Miss it and Miss out pop along and see the show and come and say hello.

  • <cite class="fn">WENDY HOLLOS</cite>

    I had the pleasure of seeing I Ran With The Gang on 15th and 16th August. I travelled up to Edinburgh to see this amazing show and loved every minute. Seeing it once was not enough so had to see it again. Given the chance I would see it again and again. It is absolutely fantastic from start to finish. I am a massive Bay City Rollers fan but I know this show will appeal to anyone. Its a feel good show which also creates a few laughs along the way. It was great to see the audience enjoying it as much as I did and up on their feet singing along to the songs from back in the day.Great performance by very talented actors and an appearance by the man who gave us the Bay City Rollers Mr Alan Longmuir. Please pop along and see the show.you will not be disapointed. Its a definite must see.

  • <cite class="fn">Kathy McKay</cite>

    Hi, I would like to know if the Show would be touring? To Canada maybe??? The Vancouver area?????

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