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Highs and lows of The Bay City Rollers; PREVIEW: The Bay City Rollers Story, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

THE story of hit '70s pop group The Bay City Rollers will be told on stage in Wales tonight. Their music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers growing up in the mid-'70s. The face and voice of that soundtrack belonged to Les McKeown.

With McKeown leading the way, the band's singles and albums shot to the number one spot all over the globe. Massive hits such as Bye Bye Baby, Shang A Lang, Summer Love Sensation and Give A Little Love propelled the band to worldwide superstardom and their trademark Scottish tartan was to be seen everywhere across the planet.

The Bay City Rollers Story is a celebration of those hectic days of hit songs, touring, TV shows and the behind-the-scenes pandemonium that followed the band everywhere they went.

McKeown is now sharing the story of the highs and lows of The Bay City Rollers' story.

The group's first single with McKeown's vocals, Remember, shot up the UK charts to No 6. Bye Bye Baby was their first UK number one in May 1975 followed by Give A Little Love in July.

Their first US single, Saturday Night, went straight to the top number one spot of the Billboard charts and their first British album, Rollin' was the first debut album to top the charts.

After McKeown left the Bay City Rollers in 1978, the group quickly disappeared from public eye. When he was reunited with the rest of the band in 1982 they played sell-out shows at Tokyo's famous Budokan and went on to tour again a year later.

Drawing on the overwhelming response of the reunion, the band recorded their first studio LP in seven years, Breakout, which was released in Japan and Australia.

But it would be more than 12 years before the band would perform together again, taking the stage in their hometown of Edinburgh for the massive Millennium concert festival on New Year''s Eve in 1999.

Since then, new members have given the band a new energy and excitement. | The Bay City Rollers Story is at Aberystwyth Arts Centre tonight at 8pm. For tickets, call 01970 623 232 or visit www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Nov 16, 2012
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