Bay City Rollers: We were bigger than One Direction

Speaking ahead of their eagerly-awaited reunion tour, Bay City Rollers’ guitarist Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood has claimed the tartan-clad band were bigger than 1D in their 1970s heyday.

“We were bigger than One Direction,” the 58-year-old from Edinburgh said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “We were huge.”

A fanciful as that might sound to today’s teenagers, ‘Woody’ might be right.

After all, as of March this year, 1D had sold only six million albums worldwide, while conservative estimates agree the Rollers shifted an astounding 120 million records back in the day.

And watch out 1D, for while Harry Styles and the boys are winding down to enjoy an extended hiatus, the Bay City Rollers are back in business as of December, with a global tour which brings them to the Usher Hall on December 27 and 28.

The Rollers will be returning with just three of the band’s original line-up (singer Les McKeown, bassist Alan Longmuir and ‘Woody’) – but they’ve left the door open for guitarist Eric Faulkner to join them, although it’s unlikely he will.

“If Eric feels that he is strong enough and well enough to join us, it would be great,” said McKeown. “But let’s not bully him via the press – let him have his time.”

Ex-drummer Derek Longmuir will definitely not be joining the big reunion tour, though. He has quit the music business for good.

With our without the missing pair, the boys are determined to enjoy every minute of their comeback.

“I think it is going to be great,” said McKeown. “We are coming back to say thanks to the fans that were there when I was 17, Woody was 16 and Alan was 20.”

The Rollers enjoyed a string of No.1 hit singles and albums all over the world, including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove Sensation.