I’m saddened to once again return to our memorials section with more bad news but we’ve just learned that the legendary bassist of The Sweet, Mr. Steve Priest, has passed away at age 72. No COD was lined out but its been reported that his health was not too good in recent times. A statement from his former bandmate Andy Scott is below.
Andy Scott’s Statement:
“Then there was one! I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family x. He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started! He eventually followed his heart and moved to the USA. First New York then LA. Rest in Peace brother. All my love.”
Historically speaking, while I’ve a recollection of enjoyed music from The Sweet for decades, it wasn’t until the Spring of 2018 when I would catch Priest’s version of the group at the Gramercy Theatre which is were my photo above comes from. I had a group of friends in from Denmark and they had the band Tragedy opening up the show and it was a night of singing along to everything and plenty of drinking. My Danish friends were on holiday after all. I don’t recall where or when I first heard the band but think it would have to stem from the single “Little Willy” which was catchy as all heck and now in my mind is nothing short of a classic. The Sweet were a band that were far more influential than they received the credit for and that was a shame. Anyone who listened to them usually said to me “hey that’s really good”. As I grew older I learned of more songs and the deeper album cuts and eventually built up quite the catalog on CD. I loved more songs than I could easily summarize here but will say that “Action”, “Fox On The Run”, “The Six-Teens”, “Ballroom Blitz” and even “Love Is Like Oxygen” are top on my list. As Scott denotes in his official statement, he is the last surviving member of the band and its my hope that he brings his version over to the states for some gigs whenever the possibility to do so becomes the case again.
As there is far too much reading about the band, I am embedding their links down below for your own examination. Rest In Peace Mr. Priest, and thank you ever so much for all the amazing music that you delivered to us. We extend heartfelt condolences to your family, friends and worldwide fans. I’ll close out with a classic rendition of one of their most popular numbers.