RIP Steve Priest of Sweet, Dead at 72

Steve Priest of The Sweet in a rehearsal room, United Kingdom, 1979. (Photo by Dick Barnatt/Redferns)
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Steve Priest, bassist and co-founding member of legendary glam-rock band Sweet, has died at the age of 72. The sad news was revealed on the band's Facebook page: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce at 8:25am PT today, Steve Priest, founding member of The Sweet, passed away. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, three daughters, Lisa, Danielle & Maggie and 3 grandchildren, Jordan, Jade & Hazel."

"I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away," shared longtime Sweet guitarist Andy Scott on his own Sweet Facebook page. "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 wrote.

"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."

Sweet were pioneers on the glam-rock scene, and had three top 10 hits in America: "Ballroom Blitz," :Love is Like Oxygen" and "Fox on the Run."

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