Pete Agnew

Pete Agnew (born 14 September 1946) is a Scottish bassist and backing vocalist for the hard rock band Nazareth. Born in Dunfermline, he is the only remaining founding member still performing with the band, which released its first album Nazareth in 1971.

Pete Agnew
Agnew onstage with Nazareth in 2016
Agnew onstage with Nazareth in 2016
Background information
Birth namePeter Agnew
Born (1946-09-14) 14 September 1946 (age 75)
Dunfermline, Scotland
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, pop rock, rock and roll
Years active1961–present
Associated actsNazareth

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)."[1] The band became known as Nazareth in 1970.[2]

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 and Chris, are musicians.[3]


  1. ^ Cooper, Kevin (9 September 2015). "Interview: Pete Agnew". UK Music Reviews. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Nazareth History - Nazareth". Nazareth (official site). Nazareth (band). Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Stevie Agnew & Hurricane Road". Hurricane Road (official website). Retrieved 1 July 2016.