See SWEET with Special Guest David Johansen Thursday May 30th, 2013 - 8:00PM
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, February 11, 2013, 02:47 PM EST
Bergen Performing Arts Center in located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood New Jersey presents popular UK Rock Band Sweet and special guest David Johansen on Thursday May 30th 2103 at 8PM! Buy tickets Thursday February 14th at 11AM at Ticketmaster.com or bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201 227 – 1030.
Ticket prices are $79.00, $49.00, $39.00,$29.0
Sweet (also referred to as The Sweet) were a British rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glam 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 1967 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-likebubblegum 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). Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. From 1976 the success started to decline and 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.
David Johansen's 1982 live album Live It Up gained the former New York Dolls frontman some well-deserved radio and MTV airplay for his medley of a trio of hits by the Animals, but it wasn't enough to keep him from being dropped by the CBS-distributed Blue Sky label, and he cut his fifth solo set Sweet Revenge for an independent label. While Johansen and co-producer Joe Delia built most of the songs on Sweet Revenge around synthesizers, the album's sleek sound unexpectedly agreed with Johansen's tough but emotive vocal style, and the album's insistent pulse on tunes like "Big Trouble" and "Heard the News" feels like a nod to the electronic hip-hop sounds that were sweeping New York City in 1984 (when this was recorded), while "King of Babylon" is a more explicit homage to rap, with Johansen sounding more than comfortable dropping rapid-fire braggadocio. Johansen also makes room for his more contemplative side on "I Ain't Workin' Anymore" and "In My Own Time," as well as cutting loose with the rock & roll on "Too Many Midnights," and while the set closer "N.Y. Doll" is a disappointment (and has nothing to do with his old band), overall this was Johansen's most personal and reflective album since his 1978 solo debut, and boasted a gutsy immediacy that most of his previous solo work lacked. Keep an ear peeled for backing vocals by future Bruce Springsteen band mate and domestic partner Patti Scialfa.
30 North Van Brunt Street
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