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Happy St. Patrick's Day, Glam fans! I'm Irish - maybe that explains the hot temper. At any rate, I wanted to write about an Irish Glam band. The pickings are slim, but there is one band with a really strong Glam tie: Sweet Savage.

What is the Glam connection you ask? Vivian Campbell of course. About a million years ago I wrote an article playing "six degrees" with Vivian Campbell. The guitarist has played with just about everyone: from Sweet Savage, to Dio to Whitesnake to Def Leppard.

At any rate, Sweet Savage formed in Belfast, North Ireland right before the dawn of the 1980s. Since today is all about the patron saints of Ireland, it's only fitting we pay tribute to an Irish band. And green beer. And the pot of gold. And green beer. And leprechauns. And green beer...

Anyway, some diehard soul recently posted a bunch of Sweet Savage clips. As you can imagine, the clips are rare - and it's hard to come by Sweet Savage albums, too.   

Here's a live clip of Sweet Savage performing "Sweet Surrender."

Tell me, how will you celebrate St. Patty's Day? Will your celebration be Glam? At any rate, remember to have fun but please be careful.

Reader Comments (9)

Hi Allyson..Happy ST. Patrick's Day to you and Eric also..I have a guitar pick from Vivian Campbell last year when we saw Def Leppard and I met him years back when he played with Dio..Thanks so much for the cool video I didn't know he had a before he was Dio..I'm half Irish (other half Italian)..want to hear something cool?..My mom's dad was 100% Irish and him and his sister my aunt Catherine were both born on St Patrick's Day..Isn't that cool? he was a year older..He would have been 89 today. So have a great day and Happy ST. Patrick's Day glam fans!!!!! =)
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
typo..didn't know he had a band before Dio.
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
WOW!!!!!..I just checked out some more tunes of Viv's first band..the song "Into the night" is awesome..It's pretty heavy..Thanks again to introducing me to another great band Allyson =).
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I don't like Vivian that much. I love his playing, love the bands he's been in, but he's always made an ass of himself the way he slags off Dio.

I have a Sweet Savage CD, but I don't think Viv is on it, it's called 'Killing Time', and I think it's rerecorded songs with a new lineup. Better than nothing, I guess.
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
I'd rather be in Atlanta this morning for "Kegs and Eggs" (love that name!). Kip Winger is playing at 10 AM. But no glam stuff here, I have to go to work (yea) then for dinner tonight I'll have leftover corned beef & cabbage.

Can't get anymore Irish than Irish around here. Husband creature is half Irish (his mother is from County Clare). I'm Scots/Irish/German (with a shot of American Indian) so if you think ~you~ have a temper... ;)

Slante'! >^..^<
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
Sweet Savage.....a nice blast from the past that I will have to go and dig out! Viv never likes to recall past glories, especially Sweet Savage and Dio. It was nice to hear Joe Elliot introduce Viv and list all his old bands last year during their show at the Mansfield Tweeter Center. Some of us old timers never forget!

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Sweet Savage... some proper rock at last ;-) When was Vivian Campbell in Black Sabbath please?
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBill
U2 cover bands dominate the scene here in Sydney on St Patty's day, it's about the only day I listen to BOZO and his mob because all the pubs here play their tunes on this day.
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
there was actually a great Los Angeles band in the late 1980s called Sweet Savage, a well respected headliner that was quite good but couldn't quite keep up with the likes of such greats as Motley, Poison and GNR, all bred from the same Sunset Strip scene.

Sweet Savage featured singer Joey C. Jones, who later played in Needle Park with CC DeVille, along with the Sheridan brothers -- Lane and Chris. Chris, the guitarist, used to flick pics behind his back and catch them every time. he later was paralyzed in a jet crash but was lucky enough to survive.
March 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergerry gittelson

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