Steve Priest, the bassist for the British Pop Rock band Sweet has passed away at the age of 72. The news was confirmed by Sweet guitarist Andy Scott in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away,” he wrote. “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.”
The group eventually disbanded in 1981, a few years after lead singer Brian Connolly left the group.
Andy Scott is now the last remaining member of the hit-making lineup for the band, with drummer Mick Tucker passing away in 2002, and Connolly dying in 1997.
Priest assembled his own American version of Sweet in Los Angeles in 2008, recording music and touring, including a 50th anniversary run in 2017.