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Bay City Rollers ‘Only Want to Be with You’ on Friday, March 13 as the band, featuring original guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Stuart “Woody” Wood, is set to perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois.
 
The evening promises to be jammed packed with the band’s classic hits including "Saturday Night", "You Made Me Believe In Magic", "Money Honey", "The Way I Feel Tonight", "Rock N Roll Love Letter" and "I Only Want To Be With You". Over the course of their career, Bay City Rollers earned 5 RIAA certified Gold albums and charted 20 songs worldwide.
 
Their smash hit Saturday Night has been featured in the Netflix original series, The Umbrella Academy, in addition to The Simpsons, Swingtown, October Road and So I Married an Ax Murderer starring Mike Myers.
 
Legend has it that the band’s music inspired Tommy Ramone to write “Blitzkrieg Bop”, one of The Ramones biggest hits.
 
For more information, visit https://www.thebaycityrollers.co.uk
 
Location/Ticket Info:
Arcada Theatre
105 E Main St
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-962-7000
Ticket Link: http://www.arcadalive.com/event/bay-city-rollers/
 
About Bay City Rollers
 
“Is it hype?  Is it hope?”  asked the ever-objective Howard Cosell, “Or is it a bicentennial gift from the old country?”  These were the questions posed to America on the historic night of Saturday, September 20, 1975. The occasion was the premier of ABC-TV’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WITH HOWARD COSELL.  The subject was the Bay City Rollers.
 
Performing live via satellite from London, America was witness to the unforgettable spectacle of complete shrieking, fainting, Roller-induced hysteria.  Hype or hope, it was a most effective introduction.
 
Within a week, the Rollers were in America. Arriving at New York City’s Kennedy Airport, their plane was met by national press, television cameras and hundreds of screaming, plaid-clad American teens.  The Rollers performed their new single SATURDAY NIGHT live on Cosell’s second episode. By the next week, it was the #1 record in the nation.  Over the next 18 months, the Rollers would chart five more tunes in the American Top 40 (THE WAY I FEEL TONIGHT, ROCK 'N ROLL LOVE LETTER, YOU MADE ME BELIEVE IN MAGIC, MONEY HONEY and I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU).
 
The Rollers saga began in 1967 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  As The Saxons, the quintet limped along in relative obscurity for three years before deciding to change their name and image.  As pop history tells it, the lads stuck a pin in a United States map and hit Bay City, Michigan. With the addition of ‘Rollers’ (the British term for “soft rockers”) and a new wardrobe, the Bay City Rollers were born. A succession of Top 10 UK hits quickly followed.
 
While accusations of hype rage, the physical evidence was irrefutable: concert riots, hotels under siege, mass teen faintings, etc.  Additionally, this teenybopper havoc had a look all its own - tartan.  Like their idols, tartan-trimmed trousers and suspenders and plaid scarves and shirts became required wardrobe for devoted Rollers fans.  “What could girls do to identify with the Osmonds?” admitted one British teen magazine, “Dress up like Mormons?”  By 1974, the phenomena known as “Rollermania” had conquered Britain and most of Europe.  
 
America’s case of Rollermania lasted until 1977, over the course of five RIAA Gold albums (BAY CITY ROLLERS, ROCK ‘N ROLL LOVE LETTER, DEDICATION, IT’S A GAME and GREATEST HITS).  Now, some decades later, it’s possible to look beyond the hype and hysteria and hear the Rollers’ true legacy.  The Bay City Rollers created some of the most enjoyable and enduring pop music of the 1970s.

February 2020

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