Bay City Rollers discuss new album, meeting The Beatles, and whether Derek Longmuir will return

In a new interview, Seventies sensations the Bay City Rollers have spoken about meeting The Beatles, their new album, and whether original drummer and founding member Derek Longmuir will ever return.

Reminiscing about the heyday of Rollermania, the band talked about a run-in they once had with The Beatles.

“We met Ringo Star a couple of times – really nice guy,” said Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood, speaking to the Daily Express. “One time in Los Angeles, we were driving into the Beverley Hills Hotel the wrong way. [Ringo] just looked and shook his head and said, ‘Those Roller Boys’, before making a face.

“He knew what we were going through,” added Wood. “He was a bit older and had been through all that.”

Frontman Les McKeown admitted that Paul McCartney was someone he really admired, although he jokingly speculated over whether that would still be the case now.

“I met Paul, who was my hero,” said McKeown. “He was a fine gentleman. But he might have changed now that he’s an old f**k.”

Next month, the Rollers are taking new album A Christmas Shang-A-Lang on a UK tour that will see them play shows at Glasgow’s Hydro, London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom, among other venues.

And while the three-piece, which also includes guitarist Alan Longmuir, are confident they will put on a great show for their loyal fans, they’d love to see ex-drummer Derek Longmuir back in the line-up.

“I think it would be great, if he were to come back,” said McKeown. “It might be difficult for Derek though. He keeps himself fit and all that, but he’s not played drums for quite some time.

“He could probably come back if he gets it together with a bit of training.”

Asked if fans can expect another new album from the Rollers soon, Wood teased, “Lots of things are on the table.”

The Edinburgh pop legends 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, Alan Longmuir and “Woody” – triggered a new wave of Rollermania in September when they announced a string of comeback gigs.

Bay City Rollers’ other UK dates:

  • O2 Ritz, Manchester 10 December 2016
  • Tramshed Cardiff 12 December 2016
  • Eventim Apollo, London 14 December 2016
  • Wolverhampton Civic Hall 15 December 2016
  • Empress Ballroom Blackpool 16 December 2016
  • O2 Academy Newcastle 17 December


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