Steve Priest

THE SWEET‘s founding bassist Steve Priest has died at the age of 72. His passing was confirmed by his bandmate Andy Scott.

Scott wrote in a Facebook post: “Then there was one! 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.

“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.”

Priest started with the group in 1968 and even handled lead vocals with the band on his final album during their first iteration, 1982’s Identity Crisis. After splitting with the group, he played with a band called THE ALLIES for a period.