Pete Agnew onstage with Nazareth (2014)
|Birth name||Peter Agnew|
14 September 1947 |
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, pop rock, rock and roll|
|Instruments||Bassist, rhythm guitar, Vocals|
|Alembic Bass guitar|
Pete Agnew (born 14 September 1947) is the Scottish bassist and vocalist with the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, he is the last founding member still performing with the band, which released its first album Nazareth in 1971.
Agnew formed a rock combo called the Shadettes in 1961, performing for eight years as the band's rhythm guitarist. In 1969 the band needed a new bassist. He once quipped, "I never even wanted to play the bass (laughter). The only reason why I started playing the bass was because there was nobody in Dunfermline who could do it (laughter)." The band became known as Nazareth in 1970.
He is the father of Lee Agnew, drummer for Nazareth since the death of the original drummer Darrell Sweet, who died in 1999. Two other sons, Stevie Agnew and Chris Agnew are members the Scottish band Hurricane Road. Stevie Agnew is the band's frontman and songwriter.