SWEET & SLADE
Grand Opera House York
Friday 6 December at 7:30pm
Throughout the seventies, SLADE became one of Europe's biggest bands, touring and recording continuously, producing a catalogue of hits that became synonymous with the era and providing a soundtrack to the glam generation. Slade today are still one of the most exciting live bands on the road, their stage performance is a dynamic, powerful and exhilarating roller-coaster ride of pure unadulterated rock 'n' roll.
SWEET are a national treasure and a rock music phenomena who have taken every continent by storm for more than four decades. The quintessential glam rock band, who brought androgynous looks and crunching guitar pop to the masses, have spent over three years in the UK charts alone. They have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and, including their no.1 hit “Blockbuster”, have had 34 number 1 hits worldwide and still play to sell out audiences throughout the world.
SLADE rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s with 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones. The British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to achieve three singles enter at number one; all six of the band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Total UK sales stand at 6,520,171, and their best selling single, "Merry Xmas Everybody", has sold in excess of one million copies.
Following an unsuccessful move to the United States in 1975, Slade's popularity waned but was unexpectedly revived in 1980 when they were last minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne at the Reading Rock Festival. The band later acknowledged this to have been one of the highlights of their career. The original line up split in 1992 but the band reformed the following year as Slade II. They have now shortened the group name back to Slade. The line-up is Dave Hill, Don Powell, John Berry and Mal McNulty.
A number of diverse artists have cited Slade as an influence, including grunge icons Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins, punk pioneers the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Undertones, the Runaways and the Clash, glam followers Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Poison and Def Leppard and pop-rock stalwarts the Replacements, Cheap Trick and Oasis.
SWEET rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glitter rock act, with their most prolific line-up: lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.
Sweet were formed in 1968 and achieved their first hit "Funny Funny" in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of "Funny Funny" to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.
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). the band turned to 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. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland, where the band was very popular.
Sweet had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen". Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1981.
Since the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest have each played with their own versions of Sweet during different periods of time. Connolly died in 1997, and Tucker died in 2002. The two surviving members are still active in their respective versions of the band; Scott's is based in the United Kingdom and Priest's in the United States. The line-up includes Pete Lincoln, Andy Scott, Tony O’Hora and Bruce Bisland.
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