The Bay City Rollers are having a great time reconnecting with their North American fans.
Singer-guitarist Stuart "Woody" Wood tells us that things went so well during a brief East Coast tour last spring that they will return for a show at Canada's huge Casino Rama (north of Toronto) on November 8th. The proof was in the "meet-and-greets," which often ran longer than the Scottish popsters' shows.
Wood talked about The Bay City Rollers April 2019 U.S. shows:
"We went over the East Coast of the States, back in April, there had been a few shows. So it's kind of picking up again, we're getting great reaction. The fans are taking to the new guys very well. It's just great fun, it's songs that stand the test of time. And, you know, the fun and the magic that's in those songs that sprung right back into life again."
After a failed attempt to reunite with Les McKeown, Wood secured the rights to the Rollers name and brought in some younger sidemen. Before the term "boy band" was trendy, they fit the bill with youthful spirit and the hits "Saturday Night," "Money Honey" and a rocked-up cover of Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want to Be With You."
Wood has a surprising confession about The Bay City Rollers' signature song, "Saturday Night.”
He says,"And we played that song for years. It got to the point, I didn't actually like it very much, for about five years back in the '90s, whereas now I absolutely love it again. It's just one of these songs that stands the test of time."
The November 8th show is almost sold out, but chances are very good the Rollers will be back in North America next year.