Bay City Rollers to mark 50 years of 'Shang A Lang' with Tartan Army gig

The band will record a video at The Shed nightclub ahead of Scotland's international friendly against Northern Ireland.

Bay City Rollers to mark 50 years of ‘Shang A Lang’ with Tartan Army gig at The Shed before Scotland-Northern Ireland match at Hampden Dick Barnatt / Contributor via Getty Images

The Bay City Rollers are to celebrate 50 years of their classic hit “Shang A Lang” with a performance in front of the Tartan Army in Glasgow.

The band will perform at The Shed nightclub in the city’s Southside ahead of Scotland’s international friendly against Northern Ireland next Tuesday.

Steve Clarke’s side have four matches lined up before travelling to Germany for this summer’s European Championship.

And the Bay City Rollers are set to get fans in the spirit with their pre-Hampden party, which will also encompass a charity video that sees all proceeds going to Cash for Kids.

Footage from The Shed performance will be mixed in with video from famous faces and fans from across Scotland.

Stuart “Woody” Wood, one of the band’s ‘classic five’ original line-up, will perform alongside Ian Thomson, Mikey Smith, Jamie McGrory and band manager John McLaughlin.

John, who also sings and plays the keyboard, told STV News the performance of ‘Shang-a-Lang’ for the Tartan Army is the ‘perfect storm’.

He said: “We were in with Cat (Harvey) and Ewan (Cameon) at Radio Clyde and we were talking about everything that we have been doing – we were just back from touring in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. We got to talking about the Euros and decided we had to do something with Scotland qualifying.

“We’ve re-recorded Shang-A-Lang and we’re going to be raising money for Cash for Kids – it’s a brilliant idea and just makes so much sense. I cannot believe the original version is 50 years old! Woody has been in the band for 50 years.

“The song is just so Scottish, the words, the feel of the music. It’s rock and roll but it sounds like Celtic rock and roll, so it was just the perfect storm with the Euros coming up.

“The song deserves it. It would be great for it be a hit again and to bring it back into the psyche. My kids know it from films such as ‘So I married an axe murderer. It’s got its own subculture so it’s nice to be at the forefront.

“We’ll bring a bunch of scarves to the Shed and get the Tartan Army singing before taking a wander around Hampden.

“It’s beginning to feel like all the joyousness surrounding Scotland is coming back again. People forget we’ve done incredibly well over the years but we had lost our way a wee bit.

“It will be rammed and sweaty at The Shed and we’ll be Shang-A-Langing with the Scotland fans. It will be one of the most raucous and ridiculous videos you could ever hope to see. I’m really vibed up for it.

Stuart added: “I’m enormously proud to have been in the Bay City Rollers all these years. I’m forever thankful for what these songs have brought to my life.

“I’m a mad Scotland fan and so proud to be playing to the crowd at The Shed, which so many Scotland fans choose for their pre-match venue before Hampden.”

Tickets are available here.

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