Still a Blockbuster: Sweet guitarist Andy Scott talks to Vibe ahead of Dartford gig with Slade (From News Shopper)
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Still a Blockbuster: Sweet guitarist Andy Scott talks to Vibe ahead of Dartford gig with Slade
LOTS of people slow down and get quieter as they get older, but Sweet guitarist and vocalist Andy Scott reckons the band rocks as hard as ever.
The 70s glam band – of which Scott is the last member of the iconic line-up – are touring with another giant of the decade, Slade, on a tour which brings them to The Orchard Theatre in Dartford on November 10.
Andy, 64, said: “We were never as loud as Deep Purple but we still make the old trousers flap. We don’t hold back, and neither do Slade.
“Dave, bless him, I think he’s probably still got a bit of tinnitus because his guitar sound, you can’t ignore it.”
Sweet have sold 55 million records worldwide and had 34 number ones around the world, with hits like Blockbuster and Ballroom Blitz.
Over the years, band members have dropped out and two founders, Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker, have passed away.
Despite that Andy said the line-up is the best they have had on a regular basis, and fans can expect all the hits.
He said: “The vocal is especially strong. We’ve now got three lead singers.
“I’m lucky, I’ve got a leather throat and I do all the really high stuff.
“Tony is also very gifted. His range is that pure tenor.
“Pete has got one of those morphing voices – whatever he’s singing, he’ll make it sound right.”
Touring with Slade – minus Noddy Holder – was a natural fit for Sweet, said Andy.
“I’ve known the guys in Slade before they were Slade and we were Sweet,” he said. “I was in a band called The Elastic Band and they had a band called the Inbetweens.
“We hung out together and got to know each other.”
“I had been out in the Carribean and joined Sweet – I was only 20 – and I saw the headline ‘Ambrose Slade’ and I recognised them immediately.
“The next thing we knew, both bands were on Top of the Pops and it hasn’t stopped since then.”
Sweet and Slade are at The Orchard Theatre on November 10. Tickets cost £26 or £28 at orchardtheatre.co.uk or 01322 220000
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