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John Sykes (born July 29, 1959 in Reading, Berkshire), is a British heavy metal/hard rock guitarist who has played with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang, Blue Murder and his solo work.

His most well known playing is on the 1987 Whitesnake self titled album, also known simply as 1987. For the Whitesnake record John Sykes used two Mesa Boogie Coliseum heads and his favorite Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar.

Sykes fell victim to Whitesnake’s revolving door; he was fired near the end of the 1987 recording sessions, but managed to record all his parts, save for the solo on “Here I Go Again” which was added later by Adrian Vandenberg.

This was Whitesnake’s most successful recording, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. Songs like “Still of the Night”, “Is This Love”, “Give Me All Your Love”, and particularly “Here I Go Again” were all hits, with the album reaching #2 on the Billboard Top 200.

Hoping to capitalize upon the success of 1987, Geffen Records signed Sykes to form a new band. After auditioning several vocalists (including Tony Martin and Ray Gillen), Sykes was encouraged to handle vocal duties himself. With fretless bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Carmine Appice, Blue Murder was formed.

Their self titled debut did moderately well, with “Valley of the Kings” receiving substantial airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, the follow-up Nothing But Trouble received no promotion from Geffen and died quickly. A live recording, Screaming Blue Murder, was to be the band’s final release.


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  • SavoirFaire_

    Happy 54th Birthday John James...Lots of Love & Best Wishes from Canada <3

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • SavoirFaire_

    Sykes sizzles baby!! <3

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
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  • _MamaLuj_

    loveland: 2,983 listeners? you dont know a shit

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    He's excellent. It's a shame that not enough people know about him

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • TallicLizzy

    Kickass guitarist

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Pedromustaine

    Masterr \o\

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Hate the double names, here and of other artists: John Sykes, Sykes... FUCK it! I'll just name it like it says on the cover. Result: incorrect scrobbles here and there. Tough...

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • AryanRocks

    Electric guitar Dude

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • HardTemper

    P E R F E C T

    9 Mar 2010 Reply
  • zepled4


    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • _MamaLuj_

    JULY 7, 2009 - JOHN SYKES: First, I would like to thank the fans for all the support over the years and say it has been truly a privilege and an honor to sing and play Philip's great songs in Thin Lizzy. After dedicating many years to the band, I FEEL IT'S TIME TO GET BACK TO PLAYING MY OWN MUSIC, and I very much look forward to touring in the near future. As always, love and respect to Phil. See you all soon.

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Siandre

    : /

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Siandre

    ahahaha whada naab

    5 Jun 2009 Reply
  • _MamaLuj_

    how can i find the japan releases like chapter one, best of sykes? please help

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • Siandre

    Loveland -

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • jensung

    Love the Tygers of Pan Tang! didn't know about John...he's simply great! Check out to listen to some fresh music...All the Best. Jen

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • MrMetal777

    Being redirected to some band called Sykes. Not correct. LastFM changes it, changed it back then changed it again.

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Johnny1964

    Amazing! Still looking for Tygers Of Pan Tang

    1 Nov 2008 Reply
  • joao_menezes

    This guy is a monster,nice vocal and he can play his ass off.

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
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