Les McKeown’s apology got Bay City Rollers back together

As reported on AAA recently, Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood has rejoined the Bay City Rollers in time for their money-spinning Christmas shows. But it took an apology from frontman Les McKeown to get the 70s sensations back together.

When Wood, 59, quit the reformed Rollers after their set at T in the Park in July, fans feared that would be the last they saw of the Shang-A-Lang hitmakers.

But Woody patched up his differences with his bandmates after McKeown admitted he was in the wrong.

“I had to admit I was a t***er and had been in the wrong,” said 60-year-old McKeown in an interview with the Scottish Sun.

Woody accepted the apology, and now McKeown, Wood and Alan Longmuir are looking forward to shows at Glasgow’s Hydro, London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom in December.

“Once Les got the apology out of the way we could talk again — although I probably said things I shouldn’t have either,” said Wood. “After Les said sorry, I thought, ‘Let’s stop the nonsense and get back to doing things I should be doing’.

“We need to be more open with each other.

“Things became too complicated. All we have to do is get out there and do the songs we know the best we can. We’ve got to stop our rows as they get silly and out of hand.

“But that’s always been our problem. Because the Rollers were so big our fallouts were all done publicly.”

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,” McKeown said “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.”

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.

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


  • <cite class="fn">Karen veselik</cite>

    So wonderful to hear, you guys have to work on your relationship , just like any relationship, open communication is so important. STAY on that path, your fans so appreciate the efforts . Much love ❤Karen.

  • <cite class="fn">Carole</cite>

    So sorry to say that it’s not the complete band where is ERIC? No mention of him and so I will not support these guys unfortunately just because they want to make a few bucks !!,!! One unhappy fan !

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