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Review: Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers keeps them dancing

Entertainment / Fri 27th Apr 2018 at 02:02pm

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IT HAS been a few years since our reviewer tied a tartan scarf around her wrist and made the journey from Five Acres to the Harlow Town Park to see the Bay City Rollers.

On that warm evening they estimated that there was up to 20,000 screaming teenage girls seeing their heroes. People stood as far back as the paddling pool. To put it in perspective, how many people would turn up this weekend if Ed Sheeran announced a free concert down the Town Park.

On a cool Spring evening in 2018, our reporter made her way to the Harlow Playhouse to see Les Mckeown’s Bay City Rollers. No Woody, Eric or the Longmuir Bros so would the magic be the same?

It was: This was a tight band. That is often what marks out those excellent legacy and tribute bands and the also rans. In fact, looking back, the sound they produced had more in common with Scottish bands such as The Skids, Big Country and The Proclaimers.

Les’ voice was also on fine form. He is probably an understimated singer but he can hold a note, keep a band together and engage an audience. The audience duly paid back the compliment by dancing and keeping on dancing throughout the evening.

The hits came and kept on coming such as Shang-a-Lang, Bye-Bye Baby etc. There were also cover versions such as Bohemian Rhapsody that were very entertaining.

From beginning to end, there was suchh a feelgood feeling in the audience. Some of the band have been with Les for close to twenty years but the Bay City Rollers sound has been with members of the audience for over 40 years. Some may have been at the front at the Town Park in 1974 and at the Harlow Playhouse in 2018 and on both occasions, they were royally entertained.

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