Legendary rock band Sweet (aka The Sweet) shot to the top of the charts in the 1970s, selling over forty million records with such hits as “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run,” “Love is Like Oxygen,” “Little Willy,” “Blockbuster,” “Hellraiser,” “Action,” and many others. Even during that decade of excess, Sweet stood out with a charismatic stage presence and a relentless, innovative fusion of grinding hard rock and melodic vocal harmonies that was far ahead of its time.
This seminal rock group has been cited as an influence by some of today’s most successful artists, and their songs have been covered by such heavyweights as Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Joan Jett, and Poison. Even rap icons The Beastie Boys sampled one of Sweet’s songs in their hit “Hey Ladies.”
Over the years, Sweet’s music has become a part of the pop culture lexicon, having appeared in dozens of movies (e.g., My Best Friend’s Girl, Dazed and Confused, Detroit Rock City, Bordello of Blood, Lords of Dogtown, Daddy Day Care and, of course, Wayne’s World), television shows (Life on Mars, Dancing With The Stars), and commercials (a Mitsubishi ad aired during the Superbowl). Several of the band’s tunes have been included in the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and Formula One Racing featured their top 20 hit “Action” in its video for the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix.
Original founding member Steve Priest reformed the band in Los Angeles in 2008, launching at the world-famous Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip. Since that time, the band has played to thousands of people in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe, garnering rave reviews.
Universally acknowledged as the “Godfathers of Glam,” Sweet were and are far more musically sophisticated than they were given credit for in their heyday. They have since come to be recognized as an iconic group who produced timeless hits, and they still deliver these songs with an energetic stage performance that appeals to audiences of all ages.