Steve Priest, Longtime Bassist for The Sweet, Dies at 72

The Sweet with Steve Priest on the right

The Sweet with Steve Priest on the right Steve Priest of The Sweet Dead at 72by Paul Cashmere

Steve Priest, the bass player who co-founded the United Kingdom group Sweet that had hits including "Ballroom Blitz", "Fox on the Run" and "Love Is Like Oxygen", died today, his bandmates said without providing details.

Priest published his autobiography, Are You Ready Steve?

Priest is survived by his wife of 39 years, music publicist Maureen O'Connor, his daughters Lisa, Danielle and Maggie, and three grandchildren. "Although it was the health of the poor, I can imagine this Moment".

The guitarist went on to briefly recall his shared musical history with Priest, referring to him as "the best bass player I ever played with". We may not be able to get back to everyone individually but please know Steve's family and the band are aware of and appreciate your thoughts. "The noise we made as a band was so powerful", Scott continued. He eventually followed his heart and moved to the USA.

The sad news was revealed by his longtime handmade, Andy Scott, on Facebook on Thursday, June 4.

Priest reformed Sweet with a new lineup in 2008 and had been on tour since then, with the bassist performing sitting for the past few years and adding a few vocals.

He finished by saying, "rest in peace brother".

Radio host Eddie Trunk mentioned: "RIP Steve Priest of Sweet".

In January 1968 Priest was invited to form a four-piece band with vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker, and guitarist Frank Torpey. The cause of death wasn't disclosed but it's known that Priest had an extended stay in a Los Angeles hospital earlier this year.

The band embarked on a successful career with single hits including Wig-Wam Bam, Block Buster!, The Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run, Action and Love Is Like Oxygen. With Connolly dying in 1997, Tucker in 2002 and now Priest, Scott remains the only surviving member of Sweet's classic '70s lineup.

"The make-up thing, I can't remember what started that, "he told the Phoenix New Times in 2018".

In the ' 70s, the Band's lead singer Brian Connolly and Hits like "Teenage Rampage", "Blockbuster" or "Fox on the Run" and with spectacular stage outfits became world famous.

Latest News