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By 1976, the Sweet's chart career was already receding behind them, while they battled to be taken seriously as an album's-orientated band. It was a conceit, of course, that history merely laughs at, but the fact of the matter is, they put on an excellent show. Opening with the traditional curtain raiser "Ballroom Blitz," the band slam through three albums' worth of hard-hitting rock, and only occasionally do they graze the hits. "Blockbuster" is served up within a medley headlined by "Burning" and "Someone Else Will," and while "The Six Teens," "Action," and "Fox on the Run" all make it into the last third of the show, they're scarcely "Little Willy," are they? Besides, the real meat lies in the songs that proved the Sweet were something more than a pop machine — "Restless," "Cockroach," "AC DC," "Turn It Down" — this is the Sweet at their brain-charring peak, and in the world of glam-era live albums, there's no better representation of a group going hell for leather to escape that terminology.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

In some ways, the Sweet epitomized all the tacky hubris and garish silliness of the early '70s. Fusing bubblegum melodies with crunching, fuzzy guitars, the band looked a heavy metal band, but were as tame as any pop group. It was a dichotomy that served them well, as they racked up a number of hits in both the U.K. and the U.S. Most of those hits were written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, a pair of British songwriters that had a way with silly, simple, and catchy hooks. Chinn/Chapman and Sweet...
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