THE SWEET "Satisfaction Guaranteed" 2014 tour dates

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The Sweet is returning to Australia for their first big Australian tour in February/March 2014 since 2004, with tickets on sale from October 28. A British rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glitter rock act, they have sold in excess of thirty million records worldwide and are still touring prolifically 45 years after their formation in 1968.

 

Sweet achieved their first hit Funny Funny in 1971 with their famous line-up of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. The band achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with Block Buster! (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in Hell Raiser (1973), The Ballroom Blitz (1973) and Teenage Rampage (1974).

 

They then turned to a more Hard Rock style with their mid-career singles like 1974’s Turn It Down. Their first self-written and produced single Fox on the Run (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. The Sweet had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with Love Is Like Oxygen.

 

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2014

27.02.2014

Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie

28.02.2014

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah

01.03.2014

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury

02.03.2014

Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton

04.03.2014

Regal Theatre, Perth

06.03.2014

Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin

07.03.2014

Cairns Civic Theatre, Cairns

08.03.2014

Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay

09.03.2014

Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

11.03.2014

Brolga Theatre, Maryborough

12.03.2014

Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane

13.03.2014

Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

14.03.2014

Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth

15.03.2014

The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, Sydney

16.03.2014

Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong

18.03.2014

Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston

19.03.2014

Eastbank Centre, Shepparton

21.03.2014

Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo

22.03.2014

Civic Theatre, Newcastle

23.03.2014

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra

BIOGRAPHY


The Sweet made some of the most enduring and influential music of the 70 ́s,  ́80s and 90 ́s. They have sold in excess of thirty million records and are still a  ́live` touring band. There is so much more to The Sweet than just the Glam-Rock era- their music is timeless and all encompassing. From pure pop to heavy metal, from three chord wonders like ‘Little Willy’ to the highly intricate arrangements of Love Is Like Oxygen, their music transcends all genres with songs for all tastes.


Some may scoff at the suggestion, but during the hard rocking heyday of their Sweet Fanny Adams and Desolation Boulevard albums, The Sweet’s output was as ground-breaking, flamboyant and exciting as those of more celebrated acts like Deep Purple, Bowie and Zeppelin. It’s hard to believe that The Sweet have been around since 1968, when The Sweetshop duo of vocalist Brian Connolly and drummer Mick Tucker added bass player Steve Priest and decided to abbreviate their band’s name to something more memorable. The classic line-up was eventually completed by guitarist Andy Scott, and their first burst of fame was for bubble-gum hits like Coco, Funny Funny and Poppa Joe, all included here in medley form.


1970 was a big year, The Sweet (comprising Andy Scott, Steve Priest, Mick Tucker and Brian Connolly) teamed up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. Their five-year partnership produced twelve top twenty hits, including a number one. This prompted the media to consider the band “manufactured” but the hard core fans knew better. By turning to the B sides of the hits, you could find self-penned heavy rock titles. The live shows were phenomenal but the music was not the only factor. During this period The Sweet were banned by the Mecca Ballroom circuit and arrested in Belgium for incidents that involved “an overtly obscene sexual stage performance”, which only enhanced their reputation.


However, it was when the quartet decided to camp things up via the outrageous likes of Hellraiser, Teenage Rampage and Blockbuster that they really began to get noticed. Although 1973 ́s Blockbuster was their only UK chart-topper, The Sweet’s appearances on Top Of The Pops were as frequent and as memorable as any other act of the glam-rock era.
By 1975 the band had begun writing and producing their own hits. The split with their previous mentors was overdue and when Fox on The Run made No 2 in the UK, the band set their sights on America. Between 1975 and 1980 the band appeared on many major American tours with contemporaries such as Kiss, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Bob Seger, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Rainbow, Deep Purple and Sammy Hagar. In 1976 during an encore in Los Angeles, Richie Blackmore got up on stage and played with the band All Right Now as a tribute to the late Paul Kossof, giving the band the credibility that was missing at home.


US hits included Ballroom Blitz, later to appear in the film Wayne’s World; Fox On The Run, a number 2 in the US; Action, which was later a US hit for Def Leppard; and Love Is Like Oxygen, a number 5 in the US. The Album Desolation Boulevard went gold. Love Is Like Oxygen, the first worldwide hit for The Sweet, was written by guitarist Andy Scott and received an Ivor Novello award in 1978. The Sweet had finally achieved their ultimate goal – credibility in the UK! However in the aftermath of this glory, the unthinkable happened - in January 1979 Brian Connolly left the band. It is well documented that excessive drinking was the cause. The remaining trio continued as a “Three piece suite” as someone once put it, but despite a couple of hits in Europe and three more albums it all ground to a half after a final UK tour in 1981.


The 80 ́s flashed by with some chart success in 1984 with Sweet 16, a compilation album and maxi single It’s the Sweet Mix. Despite Brian’s health problems there were attempts to reform the band but apart from the very creditable Live At The Marquee double album recorded in 1986, it all went quiet again.


The 90 ́s brought with it a renewed interest in the band. With original member guitarist and songwriter Andy Scott firmly at the helm, they are still a force to be reckoned with. A brand new studio album, A, was released in 1992 to the delight of their fans. The band has constantly toured Europe, Russia, USA, Canada, Australia and the Far East also appearing on many festivals. In 1996 Sweet charted once again with Ballroom Blitz, a TV advertised compilation that went gold in the UK. This prompted more reformation stories and in December 1996 Andy Scott and Brian Connolly settled their professional and personal differences. Plans for a tour of selected dates with both of them appearing on stage together were seriously discussed.


The tragic deaths of Connolly on February 9, 1997, and original drummer Mick Tucker, on February 14, 2002, seemed to have spelled the end of the legend. But Andy Scott has kept the flame burning, performing an average 200 shows per year around the world.

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