‘Without the Sweet there would not have been a Kiss’ - Gene Simmons, Kiss
‘We wanted to be The Sweet’ - Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe
‘This is the band I wish I had been in’- Joe Elliot, Def Leppard
Over 55 million records sold, including 34 number one hits worldwide
Following their sold-out ‘Still Got the Rock’ European Tour, the legendary '70s rock band The Sweet have the perfect festive gift for their fans, and we are delighted to welcome them back to ARC.
By the early '70s 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. Another self-penned hit Action followed in 1976 firmly establishing The Sweet in the US charts.
On the face of it they were primarily a singles band however with albums including Desolation Boulevard and Give Us a Wink, the band showed a much harder rocking style. 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 original line up leaving Andy Scott, Steve Priest & Mick Tucker to continue as a 3 piece. Sadly, both Brian Connolly & 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. After a couple of line-up changes over the years, since 2006 the line-up has been primarily unchanged from what it is today:
Andy Scott (lead guitar, vocal), Bruce Bisland (drums, vocal) Tony O’Hora (lead vocal, bass) and Paul Manzi (guitar, keyboards, vocal).
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 hellraising, star chasing, and trail blazing.
Support on the night comes from Novatines. Novatines are a 4 piece alternative rock band who formed in the winter of 2017. The band immediately made a name for themselves on the UK circuit with their catchy, anthemic, high-octane rock songs. Novatines have toured extensively up and down the country on both headline and support tours, playing alongside the likes of Alabama 3, Arcane Roots and Von Hertzen Brothers. The band’s sound is a rebirth of classic British rock with influences from 90s American alternative rock. 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’.
“Old school, but I like it!” Steve Lamacq – BBC Radio 6 Music
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