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.
The Press Release:
The iconic rock band Sweet will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018 having formed in 1968 in Hayes, Middlesex, England. Sweet is drawing a new generation of young fans who are being exposed to their music with the use of two of their biggest hits being featured in conjunction with two blockbuster movies, “Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2” and “Suicide Squad.” Sweet’s hit, “Ballroom Blitz” was in the international trailer for “Suicide Squad” and received 13 million downloads. “Fox On The Run” is featured in both “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” soundtrack and the trailer for the film. Steve Priest, who co-wrote and co-produced the gold top-5 single, “Fox On The Run,” has announced additional Southern California tour dates in August and September.
The soundtrack for the film “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2: Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2” reached #4 on the Billboard pop charts as the movie scored big at the box office with worldwide sales for the Disney-Marvel title exceeding $834.40 million. Sweet’s “Fox On The Run” was the song that played over the movies’ trailer and the 1974 tune quickly became the top downloaded rock song on iTunes.
Artist: The Sweet Title: “Fox On The Run” (Single) from “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2” Trailer Label: Angel Air Release Date: Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 5/5
This is a quick and easy one for me and I hope you don’t mind my tossing some quick thoughts in about this single track from the upcoming soundtrack from the upcoming film “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Vol. 2. If you’ve been following the website for any amount of time you know that we love these Marvel Comics related films and they’ve been airing the teasers for this film and they look amazing. I loved the first chapter in the galactic heros saga but what was also very standout was the films soundtrack as it featured so many awesome songs. During one of the recent trailers, they played the song “Fox On The Run” by The Sweet and it’s a song that I cannot speak highly enough about. Continue reading “Fox On The Run” (Single) from “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2” Trailer by The Sweet→
Artist: The Sweet Title: “Glitz, Blitz & Hitz” Label: Music Video Distributors Release Date: 4/13/2004 Genre: Glam Rock Rating: 7/10
The Sweet is a name that the earliest followers of the Glam Rock scene know and respect very much. Without their innovative style and rock power, bands such as Motley Crue and KISS would have one less inspiration to their own successes. When one listens to the music of The Sweet you will find that a lot of their material still sounds pretty fresh even though it holds a slightly kitsch sense of the times. Beginning as “Wainwrights’ Gentlemen” and onto “Sweet Shop” in the 60’s; the quartet of Brian Connolly, Andy Scott, Steve Priest and Mick Tucker became The Sweet and delivered some of the catchiest, most influential Rock music that has ever been heard. Sadly, there are a good number of music fans that never got the proper exposure to the level of talent that Sweet had and probably only know one or two songs. For that matter they also probably think they were performed by someone else especially in the case of “Love Is Like Oxygen”, a very ELO like track. Continue reading “Glitz, Blitz & Hitz” by Sweet→