John Sykes Shares Samples From Long Awaited Album

John Sykes Shares Samples From Long Awaited Album

December 29, 2014

John Sykes has been preparing a new studio album for a couple years, and finally the former member of Whitesnake and Blue Murder has given fans a taste of his latest work in the form of a two and a half minute sampler.

The album was originally planned for release in 2013, but some links in the chain slowed progress. Sykes then went on to assure fans that everyone was working hard to get the album out as soon as possible and apologized for the delay.

Two years ago Sykes took to Facebook to say, “new album is going well, some great musicians on board,” but all went silent until this summer when it was revealed the musician was in New York working with an artwork designer for his album sleeve design.

According to his website at, John Sykes started his career in 1980 with the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” band The Tygers Of Pan Tang. After two years of albums and tours with the Tygers, Sykes auditioned for a place in classic rock band Thin Lizzy, where he successfully got the part in 1982as their new lead guitar player, alongside Scott Gorham, and performed on the albums ‘Thunder & Lightning’ and ‘Live Life’.

Sykes was soon spotted by David Coverdale and was then invited to join the band Whitesnake,where he originally turned the part down due to his loyalty to Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy. After more calls and conversations (and a personal blessing from Lynott), Sykes eventuallyjoined Whitesnake and he appeared on the U.S. release of the ‘Slide It In’ album. Whitesnake’s next album was the self-titled 1987 release, which featured Sykes’ phenomenal guitarplaying as well as his diverse song-writing talents. The album went on to sell approximately 20 millioncopies worldwide, with Sykes co-writing classic hits such as “Still Of The Night” and”Is This Love” — which are still widely played on rock radio today.

After leaving Whitesnake Sykes returned to England and formed the critically acclaimed super-groupBlue Murder, which featured bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Carmine Appice. Their debut album not only showcased Sykes’ fiery and melodic guitar playing but his excellent singing voice aswell. The material ranges from epic rock songs like ” Valley Of The Kings” to more pop-oriented songslike “Jelly Roll”. A secondary Blue Murder album was released entitled ‘Nothing But Trouble’ that featured newly recruited bass player Marco Mendoza and drummer Tommy O’Steen.

John Sykes currently resides in Los Angeles and for the last several years has been writing and releasing material under the name Sykes.

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