Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Review

Grand Opera House, York – 14 March 2017 and on tour around the UK

The joy of reviewing is that sometimes you enter a theatre expecting very little but you leave having received it all.  And this gem of a show is good example.  Yes it was cheesy, but it was nostalgic and incredibly entertaining.

I did think I was too young to be a fan, and the audience was predominately made up of women of a certain age, but there were younger people there who had found the Roller sound.

With tartan on stage, on the performers, on the instruments and a sea of tartan in the audience, just under two hours of enjoyment commences when McKeown hits the stage.  With his Rollers consisting of Phil Hendricks and Si Mulvey on guitar, Scott McGowan on keyboards and Dan Guest on drums.  The first half consists of the lesser known Roller songs and a tribute to some of the 70’s idols no longer with us – hits from Queen, T-Rex, The Sweet, Mud and David Bowie.  McKeown jokes that he may add to the tribute in next years tour depending on who may have departed – and the band joke it may be a tribute to him

McKeown’s voice is still as strong and rich as it was in the 70’s and when he talks to the audience between songs he is very charismatic and entertaining.  Regaling the audience with tales and anecdotes.

With some new stuff thrown in with the old, we get to hear some of the songs McKeown wrote in the 70’s but never made it to the recording studio.  This has now been rectified and and a new album, The Lost Songs, is available to download whilst he’s singing according to McKeown – something some of the audience are happy to do

After a blazing version of S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night its interval time so the band can have “a cup of Earl Grey and a bourbon biscuit” and we can have a breath of fresh air as the heat in the auditorium felt like the audience was having a collective hot flush.

The second half brings us the more famous Roller songs and the audience are up and dancing along.  It supposedly ends with Shang- A- Lang.  However, after the audience scream for more, McKeown returns to the stage with an exquisite acapella rendition of Unchained Melody and then we end with the classic Bye Bye Baby

With many chances to see the show this year – its well worth a see.  You too will be bopping in the aisles, waving your arms and singing along to the sound of your youth.  Go and see it.

Tour dates available at https://www.lesmckeown.com/concert-dates



12 thoughts on “Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Review”

  1. Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers are fantastic guaranteed to get you on your feet dancing like being back in the 70s a truly awesome show

  2. Fantastic review for our Les Mckeown’s legendary Bay City Rollers! It’s impossible to go to their show & not enjoy it! Thank you

  3. Fantastic review for a fantastic night in York was amazing and brought back a lot of happy memories. Look forward to next year.

  4. Les Mckeown’s BCRS Legendary seen them loads and loads and every time my Teenage years come right back always an a amazing show 👍🏻👍🏻❤

  5. Brilliant review, had a wonderful night in York, love to sing & dance with the rollers, always takes me back to my youth, roll on for Wakefield & Ilkley.

  6. i travelled from edinburgh to york to see them again it was just magical as the first time when i was 13 , now in the last few years ive seen them 4 times just amazing x

  7. Saw Les and his band at Aberdare where luckily for me I was in front row centre stage!! What a fantastic night. Les’ s voice all these years on sounds better than my BCR Lps back in the day and I told him so after the gig. He was so humble and just said thank you. The other band members are brill too. If you are thinking of going to see them on tour… Just…go..go..go they have the fun factor you will love it, loads of audience participation you ‘ ll feel part of the show!!

  8. Gosh its great feeling every time i go to see Les Mckeown, Les Mckeown has bought back Rollermania from the 70s to where we are today. Les has kept Rollermania alive. And we fans remain on cloud ☁ 9 after every gig. Feel like we gone back to our teenagers’ years. We are loving 😍 it.

  9. A great review of les’s and the legenderies show.I am going to my third show this week .and many more to come .I feel great when leaving bcr shows .love the way les keeps rollermania alive along with the band.As long as they play concerts I will be going.

  10. A great review of Les and the legendaries . I have seen them oodles of times now and NEVER get tired of hearing the old songs plus Les’s new lost songs .. The cover versions of those artists gone by are fab .. Les has always had and still has a wonderful voice , he is also very charismatic.. love ya lots my idol.. keep on Rolling

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