Les McKeown: Bands need counselors on the road

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 October 2015
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Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown says he's an example of why people in bands need counselling

Les McKeown thinks people in bands need "counselling".

The Bay City Rollers crooner - who's admitted to taking class A drugs and viagra, which resulted in a stint in rehab in 2008 - revealed life on the road can take its toll on musicians and end in "destructive" behaviour.

Les shared: "All joking aside, I think when you are in a band it is sensible to have counselling. When you're in a band, little things niggle you, you don't like the way that guy snores, it builds up and you think, 'I want to kill him'. It could blow up into a destructive thing."

Despite insisting musicians need help, the 'Bye Bye Baby' singer - who's set to release track 'Boomerang' at Christmas with the band, now comprised of Stuart 'Woody' Wood and bassist Alan Longmuir - admits his band mates "suffered in silence".

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "For six years from 2002 I was falling down a couple of bottles of whisky a day. I was cajoled into rehab, I went to satisfy them (his family). When I arrived I thought, 'What the f**k do these hippies know?' ... Woody and Alan have sometimes suffered in silence. They have been through as much and more than I've been through, but they didn't need counselling."

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