The Sweet

Legendary rock band The Sweet shot to the top of the charts in the 1970's with such hits as “Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox On The Run”, “Love Is Like Oxygen”, “Little Willy”, “Hellraiser”, “Blockbuster” and “Action”. They produced their first number one hit in 1973 and quickly made a name for themselves among hit makers in the 70’s. Brian Connolly departed the band in 1979 and the band continued on as a three piece. They released three albums during this time and not seeing the success of the first string of albums, they disbanded in 1981.

In January 2008, Steve Priest assembled his own version of The Sweet in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted fellow Brit Stuart Smith, an old friend and a classically-trained former axeman for the bands Sidewinder and Heaven & Earth, on guitar. L.A. native Richie Onori, Smith's band-mate in Heaven & Earth, was brought in on drums. The keyboard spot was manned by ex-Crow and World Classic Rockers alumni Stevie Stewart. Front man and vocalist Joe Retta rounded out the lineup. The band spent the next few years playing festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, including high-profile shows like the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, the Pollstar awards show in Los Angeles, Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota and Rockin’ the Rivers in Montana.

April 2009 saw the release of a new two-disc, career-spanning greatest hits album called Action: The Sweet Anthology, which was released on Shout Factory Records and received a coveted four-star rating in Rolling Stone Magazine.

The band has been touring with this current lineup since 2008 (with the exception of Stuart Smith, who left the band in 2012). With two gold records and four singles in the top 10 under their belts, Sweet will continue to rock fans of all ages worldwide.



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