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It’s all gone horribly wrong in the Bay City Rollers’ camp – and not for the first time.
Back in their heyday, the band split after Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood punched singer Les McKeown on stage – and now, 40 years on, the dream reunion has turned sour as well, with Wood telling The Sun that McKeown’s ‘greed’ has forced him to quit the 70s sensations for a second time.
Yes, despite the fact the Bay City Rollers spent the weekend turning T in the Park tartan, the gig turned out to be their last with Wood.
Only hours before the gig, the 58-year-old took to social media site Twitter to announce the show would be his last with the reformed rockers. He said: ‘Hi All…just to say TITP is my last gig. Disappointed is an understatement but outwith my control.’
And now the rocker has spoken to The Sun about the reasons behind his shock exit. The newspaper reports that he said: “I hoped this would have been a fresh start. We would have each earned £1million over the next two years but Les has ruined it because of his greed.
“When we got back together, Les agreed he would dedicate one year to us as a band. I was very optimistic — but it wasn’t long before things started to turn sour.
“Fans were under the impression that Les’ shows were Bay City Rollers gigs. I was getting messages from fans pissed off with me for not turning up at gigs — but they were Les’ shows.”
News of his departure came as a shock to fans of the band, who 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.
And it had all seemed so promising when the band got back together late last year.
Only last week, in an exclusive interview with AAA, Wood said: “It is quite amazing that we are getting another kick at the ball…it just goes to show that good songs never die and hopefully a new Bay City Roller album at the end of the year can add to that.”
When asked if the band had any plans to tour together internationally after the success of their Scottish reunion shows, he added: “I’m personally hoping we tour further afield.”