The Sweet set to ‘blitz’ Santa Clarita

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Their song catalogue is well-celebrated: “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run,” “Love is Like Oxygen,” “Little Willy,” “Hellraiser” and “Action,” among many others.

And as an act that’s toured the world for years, they’ve played everywhere from local clubs to venues the size of Qualcomm Stadium.

And now you can check them out when they come to the Santa Clarita Valley.

Catching up with the band’s drummer, Richie Onori, he talked about one of the phenomenon associated with The Sweet, which is to say — almost everyone has heard their songs, which have been popularized by things like the band’s recent appearance on the soundtrack for the movie “Suicide Squad”; more recently on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”; and long before that, on the movie “Wayne’s World” — but the name isn’t quite the household item the music is, as the band spent more time touring in Europe where during the band was a diamond level-selling artist (10 million or more records) during its heyday. But the influence the band has had is undeniable.

“It’s a funny thing because it’s kind of like in my era, we were, as kids, looking at who originated… so we went back to Robert Johnson,” Onori said. “With the kids today, they’re looking into the 70s bands, and when they look at The Sweet, they’re looking at one of the architects of the glam scene.”Find the Canyon Santa Clarita on the ground floor of the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Get tickets at the box office 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, by phone at 888-645-5006, or via For more info, visit

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