Music industry insiders reckon a reformed Bay City Rollers comprising the classic line-up of Les McKeown, Stuart “Woody” Wood, Eric Faulkner and brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir would easily rake in £2million each.
And now, in news that will be music to the ears of fans, Rollers’ frontman Les has said if he was a betting man he’d “put money on all five of us returning”.
In a recent interview with AAA Edinburgh, 60-year-old Les said the reformed Rollers (Les, Alan and “Woody”) have already held talks with former member Eric about rejoining the 70s sensations. And Les now says the door is also wide open for Derek to return to the fray, too.
“We’ve been in touch with Eric,” says Les. “He hasn’t been very well this past year, but he’s feeling a lot better and shown a lot of interest in coming back for this Hydro show.
““We are all getting on and he also realises the value of saying ‘Hi’ to all his fans for one last time — and Derek knows that too.
“I really want to bring back the five Rollers here in Scotland under one roof, in the country where we’re from.”
Alan agrees, adding, “I would love to see Eric and Derek back. When I started the band 50 years ago, it was all about having fun. But somehow all that got lost in all the nonsense.
“I have not fell out with anyone in my life. I just want us all to be happy and make a bit of money.”
Les adds that, despite their differences, the Rollers are like a family. “My own family don’t bicker and feud, but this family does. Even still these guys are still like family to me.
“So if I was a betting man I would put money on all five of us returning for one moment in time. All holding hands and saying thanks to the fans.”
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 Les, Alan and Woody – triggered a new wave of Rollermania in September 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.
Last month, the Rollers announced a new tour that will see them play the SSE Hydro, Glasgow on Sunday, 11 December. Tickets are on sale now.
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