Jack’s Fifth Show Artist Spotlight: Sweet

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[lastfm]Sweet[/lastfm]’s “Ballroom Blitz” is undeniably one of the most popular singles of rock history, besides breaking top five in the charts in 1973. Fast-forward twenty years and the anthem was reintroduced to Generation X and Y in the ’90s with the movie Wayne’s World.

During the 1970s, the UK band released seven albums in five years, producing some of the most popular, chart-topping rock songs of the decade, with hits such as “Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox on the Run”, “Hellraiser”, “Teenage Rampage” and “Blockbuster”.

More of [lastfm]Sweet[/lastfm] after the jump.

Formed in 1968, the original lineup featured vocalist [lastfm]Brian Connolly[/lastfm], bassist/vocalist [lastfm]Steve Priest[/lastfm], drummer [lastfm]Mick Tucker[/lastfm] and guitarist [lastfm]Frank Torpey[/lastfm], who was replaced by [lastfm]Mick Stewart[/lastfm] and, later, [lastfm]Andy Scott[/lastfm].

“Blockbuster” was their first hit in 1973, achieving platinum status in the UK, and giving the band the notoriety to tour extensively.

Sweet’s first self-penned single was “Fox on the Run” in 1975, which topped at number five on Billboard’s singles chart, and reached the number two spot in the UK. “Fox on the Run” also reemerged when it was featured in the 1993 movie Dazed and Confused.

Their 1976 album, Give Us a Wink, attained gold status in the US, and produced another hit with “Action”. In 1978 they released Level Headed, which included the hit single “Love Is Like Oxygen.” In 1979, lead singer Brian Connolly departed, but the remaining members released three more albums before they disbanded in 1981.

Luckily for fans, bassist/vocalist Steve Priest re-birthed [lastfm]Sweet[/lastfm] and went on tour in 2008, enlisting new members, including [lastfm]Stuart Smith[/lastfm], who was trained by [lastfm]Deep Purple[/lastfm]’s guitarist [lastfm]Ritchie Blackmore[/lastfm]. In 2009 they toured all over the US and Canada, which included sold-out shows and performing at the concert industry’s Pollstar Awards. Later in the year, their cover of the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” was included in a Fab Four tribute CD, in addition to releasing a greatest hits album called Action: The Sweet Anthology. And now you can catch them at Jack’s Fifth Show!

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  • Sweetfan

    Sweet fan here from the UK, will there be a live podcast?

    • VixenPunk

      I doubt you’ll get an answer here UK Sweet fan about a live podcast….sure wish I could get the live broadcast from Jack’s Third Show as we won the competition to announce one of the bands and they gave us REO Speedwagon….wanted Blondie or Billy Idol…but hey was a good time…we were seen at the show and the live webcast!!! Not too shabby!!! Your best bet is to get in touch with the station itself I’m sure they would give you the information.

  • BB Blitz

    “Luckily for fans, bassist/vocalist Steve Priest re-birthed Sweet and went on tour in 2008…” er, I think you’l find Andy Scott has been touring with his version of Sweet all over Europe and Oz since about the mid ’80’s!! (and sounds much better IMHO).

    • Me

      ha ha ha ha ha….all I can say is WOW, do you have poor taste. Andy’s Sweet, in a word, SUX. And lately, he has not even been appearing with them–just sending them out with a substitute guitarist. You clearly haven’t seen Steve’s Sweet live or there is no way in he-double-hockey sticks you could say this with a straight face.

    • Brad

      Sorry, I saw this version last year at the House of Blues in L.A.
      The were close as could be to perfect. I WILL see them again.

  • sweet1

    STEVE’s Sweet Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • VixenPunk

    Why oh why, do we have to fight over who’s version is better, can’t we just enjoy the music? I for one am pleased as punch to see Steve’s version, and not only Andy had a touring version btw, there was also BCSweet….I will love you forever Brian…RIP in your slice of glam god heaven! xxxxx

    I will be in the pit on Saturday re-living my past and gladly singing and dancing to every tune!!!!

    P.S. Sweet fan UK….I plan to take tons of pix and video and if you want to see it you can add me on Facebook or check out some of my vids when I upload to Youtube.

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