SWEET Announce 2008 Tour

May 5, 2008, 11 years ago

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Popular rock band SWEET, led by bassist/vocalist Steve Priest, will begin their Are You Ready Steve? 2008 tour their first in many years, it was announced today.

The original Sweet was formed by Priest along with vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey (later replaced by Andy Scott) in the UK and rose to fame with such hits as 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Fox on the Run', 'Love is Like Oxygen', 'Little Willy', 'Hellraiser', 'Teenage Rampage', 'Blockbuster', 'Action' and many others.

The 2008 Sweet tour will be a tribute to Connolly and Tucker whose tragic deaths were terribly pre-mature.

According to Edna Gundersen's story on the cover of the Life section in USA Today on May 2nd, 2008:

"A blitz may be coming to your local ballroom. Bassist Steve Priest, a founding member of Sweet, has reconstituted the glittery fuzz-rock band that ignited U.K. and U.S. charts with such '70s hits as 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Little Willy', 'Fox On The Run' and 'Love Is Like Oxygen'. The Are you Ready Steve? Tour kicks off June 12th at The Whisky in Hollywood, with guitarist Stuart Smith, singer Joe Retta, drummer Richie Onori and keyboardist Stevie Stewart... Priest's reconfiguration plans to revisit all the historic Sweet spots, including 'Blockbuster', 'Action', 'Hellraiser' and 'Teenage Rampage'."

Fans of the group can look forward to hearing all the hits, and more, played as they were meant to be heard, with an energetic stage show that will be second to none. The band will be performing on the Mark & Brian radio show on Thursday, June 5th at 9 AM., which is heard on KLOS in Los Angeles and ten other western markets (see markandbrian.com for affiliated stations.)

Live dates include:

June

12 - The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
13 - The Canyon Club - Agoura, CA

July

11 - The Moondance Jam - Minneapolis, MN
12 - The Common Ground Festival - Lansing, MI
19 - Rock n Resort Festival - North Lawrence, OH
25 - Rock The Park - London, ON
26 - The Mattawa Voyageur Days - Mattawa, ON

August

23 - Festival Of Lights - Petersborough, ON
30 - Morongo Casino - Cabazon, CA


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