The Bay City Rollers – or the “Bay City Brawlers” as they’ve been dubbed by the tabloids – have endured one of the tumultuous careers in the history of popular music, with bitter feuds leading to numerous fall outs over the years.
Now, though, singer Les McKeown has revealed that the Seventies chart sensations will undergo counselling in an attempt to put an end to four decades of in-fighting between bandmembers.
The most recent spat came just a few months back, when guitarist Stuart “Woody” Wood quit the Shang-A-Lang hitmakers, walking out on the band following their appearance at the T in the Park. “Woody”, however, has since buried the hatchet and is back on board for a Christmas tour that will see the Rollers play a handful of UK gigs – full details below.
As you might expect, McKeown is now determined that the band put an end to the in-fighting that has hampered them on so many occasions. He admits he’s a big fan of therapy, and he believes that if the trio all sit down together for a session or two, it will keep them from coming to blows.
“I have been through a lot of rehabilitation myself for drink addiction and found it really helpful,” the 60-year-old said in an interview with the Scottish Sun. “I think a group therapy session for all of us would be beneficial.
“Not just for us as a band, but for our life in general. We have got to leave a proper legacy instead of the band being known for all this hate and nonsense.
“These old feuds just keep resurfacing. But having therapy can help and I would hope we would all sign up to doing that.
“Because who wants to be known as the band who could never get along together?”
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 McKeown, Alan Longmuir 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