FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre press release – More than 45 years since their first hit, “Rollermania” will make its way into the Garden City as Scottish pop-rockers Bay City Rollers hit the Partridge Hall stage on Monday, Mar. 16/2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Audiences will be transported on a unique voyage back to the 1970s when Les McKeown and his legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers.
The band broke onto the scene in the 1970s, gaining worldwide popularity as the “tartan teen sensations” from Edinburgh, Scotland. Songs such as “Remember (Sha-La-La-La),” “Shang-a-Lang” and “Summerlove Sensation” earned them a dedicated following, and in just a few years they were one of the biggest-selling acts in the United Kingdom.
“The Bay City Rollers were a mania. The only other band to have a mania was The Beatles, and we have never had a mania since – not even for the Osmonds,” the group’s original frontman Les McKeown told the News & Star. “We had it for three years in the austere, dark days of the 1970s; when everything was grey and grim, the Bay City Rollers popped out of nowhere with a ray of sunshine.”
It was “Saturday Night,” a song that had previously failed to chart in the UK, that finally catapulted the band onto the world stage, earning them the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Their follow-up hit, “Money Honey,” helped further cement their standing. To date, the band has sold over 120 million records and captured the hearts of fans all over the globe.
“People always think I would be bored of singing these songs, but it is an absolute pleasure. They are treasured memories and I have a great job,” McKeown said.
The Bay City Rollers completed a 55-date tour in the UK in 2019, a successful nine-date tour in Japan and now finds them ready to embark on a 15 date, a cross-Canada tour that begins in Nova Scotia and ends in British Columbia as they look to bring their music to a new generation in 2020.
Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers perform in Partridge Hall on Monday, Mar. 16/2020 at 7:30 p.m. Click on firstontariopac.ca for tickets or visit the box office in-person at 250 St. Paul Street or call the box office: 905-688-0722.