"I've been doing a lot of corporate shows," admitted original Bay City Rollers guitarist Ian Mitchell after the show March 12 in Rancho San Diego. They shared a bill with Steve Poltz, Private Domain, and the Coyote Problem at this year's Hooleyfest. Proceeds went to raise money for new softball fields at the Rancho San Diego YMCA.
The band emerged, wearing kilts, through plumes of stage fog to play "Shang-A-Lang" and "Saturday Night."
A guy from the crowd walked by as I interviewed Mitchell and said to Mitchell, "I'm Jim. I really enjoyed your show. What's the band's name?"
Mitchell told him.
"You guys are the Bay City Rollers? The real guys? Oh, God bless you."
"I've only seen them six or seven years ago at Chillers [in Pacific Beach]," said another fan.
Linda Martinez stood in line for an autograph and a "God Save the Bay City Rollers" T-shirt. Asked what her children think of the Bay City Rollers, Martinez said, "They think they're dorks."
-- Pat Sherman