The Bay City Rollers Story comes to Poole - interview with Les McKeown
"I WAS born to rock," said Les McKeown, admitting that music was the only thing he was really interested in as a career.
The Bay City Rollers were the superstar boy band in the 70s.
Their singles Bye Bye Baby, Shang A Lang, Summer Love Sensation and Give A Little Love - and albums took the number one spot all over the globe.
Speaking to the Stour and Avon Magazine, Les said: "Motown, the Beach Boys and David Bowie were artists whose music I enjoyed, but in fact the person who influenced me most musically was my mother. She had a beautiful voice and sang in a Belfast choir."
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He said his schooldays weren't the happiest of his life.
"I was only good at practical and artistic subjects, and they asked me to leave when I was fifteen and a half," he admitted.
He became the lead singer of the Scottish pop group just a few days after his 18th birthday.
Wherever they went in the world they were constantly mobbed by 'the tartan army' and mass hysteria seemed to follow their every move. How did he cope with the adulation?
"I'm still coping with it," he said laughing. "I suppose I felt it was my introduction into the adult world."
Les, who writes his own material, has also done some TV production and a little acting.
"I get a big buzz out of being able to sing," he said.
Although the Bay City Rollers Story - which is coming to Lighthouse, Poole on 13th September - only features Les from the original line-up, he said the sound is the same as the records that spun round many a record player some 40 years ago.
"It is our job to impress, and I never get tired of the hits," he said.
And what does he choose to listen to for relaxation and pleasure?
"I like all sorts of music, but it is the classics that help me to relax," he said.
And if you're going to the show, Les would like you to know that tartan scarves and flares are always in evidence.
The Bay City Rollers Story is at Lighthouse, Poole on 13th September.