Fans get chance to perform duet with Bay City Rollers legend Les McKeown

Ever fancied getting up on stage and belting out a duet – say, Shang-A-Lang, Saturday Night or Summerlove Sensation – with legendary Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown?

As fanciful as that might sound, you might just be in luck.

McKeown hosted £200-a-ticket karaoke parties for his fans while on his recent tour in Japan – and now the 61-year-old former teen idol is considering giving fans in the UK, Canada and Australia the chance to sing alongside him.

Edinburgh-born McKeown was in Japan with his own band The Legendary Bay City Rollers when he decided to play his first unconventional show.

For £200, those lucky fans in attendance had the opportunity to perform with their idol.

At the event, McKeown belted out a host of well-known number, including Rollers hit Shang-A-Lang, The Beatles’ classic Yesterday and Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.

The singer, who was accompanied by his wife, Peko, said: “I had a great party with 40 girls and we sang for three hours. I might want to do that in the UK, Australia or Canada.”

McKeown performed half a dozen gigs in three days in Osaka and Tokyo – but admitted his voice was not at its best after the marathon performance.

“My voice is still a bit tired but it sold out and was fantastic. Japanese fans are still as fanatical as they were in the 70s,” he said. “When I was in Tokyo, I was asked to do the Japanese tradition of karaoke parties where a small number of fans get a chance to buy VIP tickets to come to a dinner and request songs they’d love me to sing.

“It was fun and a great experience. I’m thinking of bringing this concept to the UK and starting to offer it to fans at a select date on my new tour.”

Pop legends the Bay City Rollers 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 Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood – triggered a new wave of Rollermania in 2015 when they announced a string of comeback gigs before releasing a brand new album and going on to be honoured with a Living Legends award at Scotland’s music industry Oscars.

Late last year, the band split.

Since then, McKeown has been performing with his band, The Legendary Bay City Rollers, and has a series of dates booked throughout the UK.

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