Following their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour legendary 70’s glam rock icons Sweet embark upon the perfect Christmas gift for their UK fans, a 18-date nationwide tour, which will come to a close here in Sussex at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Saturday 21st December.
By the early 70’s The Sweet were arguably the hottest ticket in town with a string of top ten records in the UK and Europe including ‘Blockbuster’, ‘Hellraiser’, ‘Ballroom Blitz’, ‘Teenage Rampage’ and ‘The Sixteens’.
In 1975 the USA had discovered the band with ‘Fox On The Run’ hitting the number 3 spot in the Billboard 100 and more recently appearing on the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy vol.2 soundtrack’. Another self-penned hit ‘Action’ followed in 1976 firmly establishing Sweet in the US charts.
On the face of it they were primarily a singles band, however with albums including ‘Desolation Boulevard’ (1975) and ‘Give Us A Wink’ (1976), the band showed a much harder rocking band. The album ‘Level Headed’, released in 1978, brought with it another award winning million-selling worldwide hit with ‘Love Is Like Oxygen’ written by Andy Scott.
In 1979 original lead singer Brian Connolly left the line up leaving Andy Scott, Steve Priest and Mick Tucker to continue as a three piece. Sadly, both Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker passed away in 1997 and 2002 respectively and with Steve Priest relocating to the USA, Andy Scott was left to fly the flag this side of the pond. After a couple of personnel changes over the years, since 2006 the line-up has been primarily unchanged from what it is today, which is Andy Scott (lead guitar, vocals), Bruce Bisland (drums, vocal) Tony O’Hora (lead vocals, bass) and Paul Manzi (guitar, keyboards, vocals).
The Sweet still tour the world extensively with one of the most dynamic and slick live shows on the circuit. 1968 to 2019, 51 years and counting of hell raising, star chasing, trailblazing.
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Support on the tour will come from 4-piece band Novatines, who formed in the winter of 2017. Their sound is a rebirth of classic British rock with influences from 90’s American alternative rock, which is influenced by the sound of Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters and Royal Blood. The group have been tipped as one of the ‘hottest new UK guitar bands’, especially as the guys (Jamie Beale – lead vocals/guitar, Tom Cory – vocals/lead guitar, Callum Moloney – vocals/drums and Tom Turner – bass) have recorded their debut album with Sweet’s Andy Scott at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios.
“Are you ready Steve?, Uh huh, Andy?, Yeah, Mick?, Okay, Alright fellas, let’s go” and purchase your tickets for The Sweet’s De La Warr Pavilion concert HERE. You can also phone the Box Office on 01424 229 111.
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