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The Bay City Rollers Story – Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie

Reviewer: Mark McCulloch

[Rating:3]

imageresizerDig out your tartan bellbottoms and re-live ‘Rollermania’ in The Bay City Rollers Story. Original lead singer Les McKeown returns with the ‘Legendary Bay City Rollers’ to revive the soundtrack of a generation and celebrate the story of the 1970’s platform-shoed, tartan-clad, pop phenomenon: the hectic schedule, the hits, tours, TV shows and pandemonium that followed.

The premise of the show promises a thrilling night of nostalgia and song. The reality is that The Bay City Rollers Story is lacking in an actual story. While small anecdotes are appreciated about what number a song charted at, or who wrote the song, there is a desire for tales of the band, and considering the hype that surrounded them and the subsequent tabloid scandals, there was plenty of fodder to choose from. The evening is akin to a revival concert or a highly talented tribute act that has the exceptional good fortune of having the lead singer from the band in their line-up. McKeown and the band are however, remarkably in sync with each other, their harmonies sublime.

All this taken into account, fans of the Rollers will have a thrilling evening, rocking out to classics such as “Shang-A-Lang” and “Bye Bye Baby”. McKeown tells us that each venue has its own set list, and this is a tribute to the power, vast back catalogue and iconic status the Bay City Rollers retain. Having a chance to see an artist who rose to such fame in an intimate venue is rare. Having the chance to interact with them, sing along, enjoy a concert and party atmosphere before the curtain is raised is not to be missed.

Reviewed on October 2nd

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