One of the most famous lines in music is "Are you ready, Steve?" and the crowd was definitely ready for the Sweet on the last night of their Australian 'Satisfaction Guaranteed Tour 2014' at The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.
The tour is on the back of 2 recent CD's, one titled "The Hits" and the other a collection of covers called "New York Connection", featuring songs that the band thought they could do better than the original.
Their last big multi-date tour of the country was in 2004. This time around, they performed 20 shows over 27 days and had to do it a man down with keyboard/bass player Tony O'Hora unable to tour due his wife being very ill. He was replaced by Paul Manzi who has to be seen to be believed, the ultimate rocker, with a powerful voice!
The show got under way to the fanfare of Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York'. As the lads walked onto the stage, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, they launched into the first bars of 'New York Groove' (made famous by Ace Frehley), which was then cleverly mixed in with Alicia Keys' mega hit 'New York'. It was great to hear an old hit and a new one blended so well. The crowd seemed to agree with the combination.
This was followed by a brace of their early hits 'Hellraiser', 'Turn it Down' and 'The Six Teens'. All great toe-tapping songs that brought back memories for many.
Every now and again, the boys would have a breather and just have a chat with the crowd, poking fun at themselves and clearly enjoying the occasion before it was back to business with 'Gold on the Ceiling' by The Black Keys.
Their first No 1 in Australia was 'Peppermint Twist' in 1974 which Andy Scott, the guitarist, advised that whilst it was a welcome surprise, it really wasn't what they were hoping for as they tried to move to a more hard edged, rock sound. Many people jumped out of their seats and started happily twisting away.
They then launched into a couple of medlies with 'Coco/Funny Funny/ Poppa Joe' and 'Wig Wam Bam/ Little Willie' .
The big hits got their own airing with 'Teenage Rampage' going off with the unusual choice of Dead or Alive's 'You Spin me Round' (from the New York Connection CD) and getting a huge applause.
It was back to the hits of 'Love is Like Oxygen' and Emerson, Lake and Palmers 'Fanfare for the Common Man' which fitted right in, being released in the mid 70's. It had you thinking I know that song but what is it?
'Blockbuster' was up next with crowd favourite 'Fox of the Run' being the last song of the main set. Where did the night go? The band was having fun and so were the punters.
The encore was all power and began with "Action", a song that has been covered many times. Then we were treated to a quick drum solo by drummer, Bruce Bisland, and by this time, Steve and the crowd were well and truly ready for 'Ballroom Blitz'!
The small audience didn't detract from the huge performance, with the energy on stage rubbing off on the crowd, ensuring that Satisfaction was indeed guaranteed! Walking out of the venue, buzzing from the great show, I can't wait for Sweet to come out again! Definitely worth it!
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by Paul Bartle