Steve Priest, bassist for the glam rock band The Sweet, has died. He was 72.
His passing was confirmed by The Sweet bandmate guitarist Andy Scott via the band’s official Facebook page.
“Then there was one,” began Scott’s post, referencing late original vocalist Brian Connolly and drummer Mick Tucker. “I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family.”
Scott continued, “He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started! He eventually followed his heart and moved to the USA. First New York then LA. Rest in Peace brother. All my love.”
The Sweet released nine studio albums from 1971-1982. Their most successful album, Desolation Boulevard, featured some of their biggest songs, including “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run” and “A.C.D.C.” Other popular songs from The Sweet include “Wig-Wam Bam,” “Little Willy,” “Teenage Rampage,” “Blockbuster” and “Action.”