The night started with dinner at Round Table Pizza. We didn't know a soul, not even each other! Within minutes we had met almost everyone as we exchanged stories about the various members of the band. Some of us had memories from watching television, some from concerts, some from just hearing their songs on the radio, and a few had had personal encounters. We were delighted to discover Leslie's solo work. One die hard fan brought sleeves of Leslie's releases in Japan and Europe. Boy, were we clueless! And flabbergasted! Needless to say, the search has just begun! Any help would be appreciated! (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
We all headed down the street to the show. Three lucky women had met Les earlier that evening, as he arrived for the sound check. Those ladies had the biggest smiles on their faces! They said Les had driven up in a Cadillac. They pointed and said through the window, "Is that you?? It IS you!" Leslie go out of the car, engine running, to talk to them and pose for pix! (Still waiting for your copies, Amy!)
When it was time to head into the club, we all were talking like we had known each other for years. In a way we had, through the music. We all crowded the stage and waited for the man to appear. This was our first BCR concert, and when Les and the guys emerged from the haze, we, and the crowd, went wild. The chanting of "LESLIE, LESLIE!" worked! We all danced and sang along with the music.
He sang the old songs but they had been modernized. They were GREAT! Les sounded fantastic and looked even better. In addition to the revitalized oldies, Les and the gang also spouted three new songs. "Open Your Heart", "M.O.N.E.Y.", and "Say (You Want Me)". Click here for the signed playlist. The crowd fell silent upon hearing Les' impressive new work. We loved 'em and wanted to hear even more. When the band left the stage for the first time, the crowd started chanting, "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!" until the guys came back out for their encore. At that time they delighted everyone with "The Way I Feel Tonight", "Dedication", and, FINALLY, "Saturday Night"!!!! Sadly, they deleted two songs from their repertoire; "Keep on Dancin'" and "All of Me Loves All of You". Our loss, guys!
After the show, we lined up to go backstage. After only one group of fans (and there were many) had made the journey, Les and the gang opted to meet the entire crowd, security guards on full alert! But no need, the fans were as calm and cool as Leslie. I (Michele) snuck through the line twice and got two "snogs" on the cheek. Wanted more!
Les was signing everything in sight, including one fellow's BUM! The band was gracious and loads of fun! I went home soon afterwards. My mistake. The band emerged a short time later and mingled (and danced!) with the crowd! Even Leslie was "drafted" to dance with one lucky lady (Rhonda)! The fun lasted until the not so wee hours of the morning!
Our advice to anyone considering attending a Les McKeown's 70's Bay City Rollers concert is this: GO!
Michele and Rhonda