REVIEW: Les McKeown's Legendary Bay City Rollers, The Concorde Club

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THEY were the most screamed at teenybopper bands of the seventies.

The Bay City Rollers were as big as the Beatles and Rollermania became enshrined in pop history.

These days the screams might not be quite so loud but the passion for those unique arm swaying rock anthems has never died.

And that was very much the case at The Concorde when the band’s original lead singer Les McKeown rolled back the years to when the nation rocked to this infectious tartan spangled sound.

The ladies squeezed into their little tartan dresses, which had been hanging in the back of wardrobes, and took to the dance floor to bop again to one of Scotland’s most famous exports.

One enthusiastic fan got into mood by sporting a tam-o’-shanter bonnet.

It was a night of sheer nostalgia for a band who in the 70s literally ruled the pop world.

Edinburgh born McKeown, now 56 and a true rock ’n’ roll survivor after a welldocumented battle against booze and drugs, appeared on stage to the swirl of bagpipes.

The scene had already been set with tartan scarves draped around the drums and suspended over the stage.

Tartan and Roller scarves swayed in Mexican wave-style across the dance floor and beyond, as Les and his legendary Bay City Rollers quickly turned this gig into one big party.

The audience sang along with every verse as the band rolled out a medley of hits which included Remember, Saturday Night, Dedication, All Of Me Loves All Of You and Give A Little Love.

There was even room in the glittering playlist for a song, called The Bump, which in the 7Os trigged off a dance craze.

The band’s first UK number one, Bye Bye Baby rounded off the evening and then it was time for a meet and great session.

Fans formed an orderly queue to meet the singer who had been their pop heart-throb.

Autographs were signed and the legendary Bay City Roller star posed with fans as mobile phone cameras went into overdrive.

For many it was a chance of getting up close to a pop idol whose pictures had covered their bedroom walls in those teenage years of Bay City Roller fever.

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