Bay City Rollers heading to the US and Japan

Reformed 70s sensations the Bay City Rollers played a triumphant comeback gig in Glasgow tonight (Sun 20) – and now the band have revealed they are planning to take America and Japan by storm again, just as they did in their heyday.

The Rollers are in talks to perform at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and in Japan next year.

The tartan-clad Edinburgh outfit, who play a homecoming gig at the Capital’s Usher Hall next Sunday, have also said they hope to play at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next Christmas.

“I can’t believe the way things have gone,” said singer Les McKeown before taking to the stage at Glasgow’s Barrowland. “It’ll be brilliant to play such an amazing place as the Hydro. And our management have been in talks about dates in Japan and the States, including Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden, which I absolutely love.”

“I only ever got

nervous on my

driving test and

first dates”

Speaking ahead of tonight’s much-anticipated gig in Glasgow, McKeown said he wasn’t at all nervous about the Rollers playing live together for the first time in four decades.

“I won’t be nervous as I’m so at home on stage,” he said. “I only ever got nervous on my driving test and first dates. It will hit me afterwards, and I’ll probably come off and burst into tears in my wife’s arms.”

Meanwhile, the gigs look like being a breakthrough for unknown 19-year-old Lucia Fontaine, from Glasgow, who was the support act at the Barrowlands.

“When I first saw her I was blown away,” said McKeown.

“I tipped off Alan and Woody and they agreed this girl is something special.

“So we wanted to give her a chance to play to the bigger crowds she deserves.”

Tonight at the Barrowlands it was like Rollermania all over again as the band, who were honoured with a Living Legends award at the Scottish Music Awards in Glasgow in November, took the stage to a heroes’ welcome from the sell-out crowd.

The trio of McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart Wood played all their big hits including Shang-a-lang, Bye Bye Baby and Saturday Night, as well as new songs from their just-released Christmas album.