Bay City Rollers to release Christmas album

First they announced their eagerly-awaited reunion tour – and now Edinburgh’s Bay City Rollers have revealed that a brand new album is on its way in time for Christmas.

“The Christmas album is on the way,” singer Les McKeown told the Daily Record. “I think it is going to be called Christmas Shang-A-Lang: The Album.

“It will have original songs plus White Christmas, Loch Lomond and Jingle Bells – all Rollerised.

“There will also be a handful of originals, including an upcoming single Rock ’N’ Roll It’s Christmas Time.”

The tartan-clad band, who are set to perform six gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh next month, have also revealed they are in talks over a 40-date world tour that will see them visit the US, Europe, Japan and China.

“It is all going great,” said McKeown. “I’m quite impressed by the offers we’re getting. We’d be fools to turn them down.”

A digital release of the Rollers’ Christmas album will be available to pre-order from December 11, before being released the following week.

One of the biggest bands on the planet for a short but fervent period in the 1970s,  the Rollers burst upon the scene in the early 1970s, selling an estimated 70 million records.

They 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.

As previously reported on AAA Edinburgh, the Rollers will play the Capital’s Usher Hall on December 27 and 28, having already sold out four gigs at Glasgow’s Barrowland.

“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 set list will be a mix of old and new songs.

“Naturally, we’ll do all the hits,” said McKeown. “But we have a new album coming out, so we’ll also do our new single, called Boomerang, and a new Christmas song, plus maybe one or two others from the new album.”

Bay City Rollers photograph above: Copyright Liam Rudden