Story added: 4:05pm Mon Sep 17, 2012
Roller mania finally reaches Palace
Thursday 20th September, 2012 - Palace Theatre, Newark
By Dawn Bond
The Bay City Rollers StoryLES MCKEOWN
In 1974 the world was to witness a musical phenomenon that had not been seen since the days of Elvis Presley and The Beatles. The Bay City Rollers, dressed in their tartan outfits, became the new generation of popstars for thousands of screaming girls.
The Scottish supergroup were led by singer and guitarist Les McKeown. He and his band will present The Bay City Rollers Story at the Palace Theatre, Newark, on Thursday, September 20, at 7.30pm.
Fans of the boy band will be able to dress in 1970s gear and wave their scarves to all the hits, such as Bye Bye Baby, Shang A Lang, Summer Love Sensation and Give A Little Love.
Les said: “I am on a 40-date tour and I am hoping to see as many people in different places as possible along with my band, The Legendary Bay City Rollers.
“Together we and the audience will be able to have a fun time reliving those great days of the 1970s.
“People still want to hear all the music made famous by us and fans just like to have a good time, relive their youth, dance to the songs and wave scarves in the air.
“I am having much more fun this time round.
“The show lasts around two hours and we play all the hits, interspersed with some spontaneous tunes from the band and little memories from me about my time in the group.
“The Rollers’ heyday was from 1974 to 1976 when they were even bigger than The Osmonds.
“We want to recapture that atmosphere and era in the show and have a real good party,” said Les.
He said fans still came up to him after the shows getting him to sign autographs and showing him the memorabilia they had collected as girls.
Les said: “We never considered ourselves to be heartthrobs but the girls would follow us and scream wherever we went.
“At our concerts you could hardly hear us for the screaming so I would try and shout the words which meant I would hurt my voice.”
He said he had always dreamt of being a singer, especially when people would hear him and say he should be in a group because he had such a good voice.
Les, who used to deliver milk with a horse and cart, said he inherited his singing skills from his mother, as she had an angelic voice.
On leaving school he saw an advert for a professional singer to join a band so he applied, got the job and Threshold was born, touring all over Scotland.
When a member left The Bay City Rollers, Les was asked to join and the rest is history.
The band performed on Top Of The Pops, Crackerjack and The Basil Brush Show and became household names.
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