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SWEET: 'New York Connection' (As Is)



Oh yes, the mere mention of seventies glam rockers The Sweet immediately brings a joyous smile to the face. Hits such as 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Blockbuster', 'Hellraiser', 'Fox On The Run' and 'Love Is Like Oxygen' were all UK Top Ten hits that made Sweet into a household name going on to sell 55 million records worldwide notching up 34 number one smashes along the way.

Sadly singer Brian Connelly and drummer Mick Tucker are no longer with us. Bassist Steve Priest leads his own version of the Sweet over in the States but the real money is on guitarist/songwriter Andy Scott who with his band Sweet are still a popular draw on the European circuit. The talented Tony O'Hara is back in the band sharing vocals and keyboard duties with Pete Lincoln on bass and Bruce Bisland on the bongoes.

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So what are Sweet up to in 2012 I hear you ask? Well if I told you that the band who made 'Sweet Fanny Adams', the album that influenced Motley Crue so much they almost copied it note for note throughout their career, have just made an album full of covers, I would expect a massive yawn.

However with this album Sweet have injected the magic of fun into songs that you would've heard before in one shape or form with their own little twist, slipping in little hints of their own hits along the way and other current pop hits of today... Confused? Don't be... Get on your stomping boots and enjoy the ride.

Sweet have captured the sound that Def Leppard have been trying to create for these past two decades. This album has the stompness of the seventies but brought up to date with a crisp bouncy production. The music is non stop rock n' roll party all the way. The Russ Ballard penned hit for Ace Frehley of Kiss, 'New York Groove', is redone, executed perfectly but intertwined with Jay-Z's and Alicia Keys 'Empire State Of Mind'... Keep on reading folks... It gets better.

The cover of Black Keys' 'Gold On The Ceiling' is another stomper romper followed by the unexpected twist of the punk band cover of Electric Frankenstein's 'All Moving Faster'. The title track 'New York Connection' is a Sweet original and was on the B-side to 'Wig Wam Bam'. This version is clinically brought up to date.

The gold medal award must go to the unbelievable take on Dead Or Alive's smash hit 'You Spin Me Round'. Oh yes, right round like a hit record baby right round, round, round.

It will leave your head spinning. They even do a Ramones take one moment with 'Blitzkrieg Bop' before getting you to dance 'On Broadway.'

This album is a pleasant surprise. You'll be having a Ballroom Blitz around your house with this Blockbuster. The only thing I don't like about it is Sweet FA.





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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