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    JOHN SYKES SIGNS WITH Z RECORDS

    Z Records are proud to announce the signing of legendary English Guitar superstar John Sykes [Tygers Of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Blue Murder and Sykes]. The recently inked deal covers the release of John's previously only available in Japan solo albums - Out Of My Tree, Loveland, 20th Century and Nuclear Cowboy.
    After picking up the guitar around the age of 14, John played in various bands around England in the late 70's. He eventually answered an ad for a band looking for a guitar player. The band was the Tygers of Pan Tang and John ended up performing on three albums with them, Spellbound, Crazy Nights and The Cage.
    Eventually John decided he wanted to leave the Tygers and see what else was out there. To get out of his contract to the Tygers' record company, John had to deliver another recording. While fulfilling this obligation John found himself working in the studio with producer Chris Tsangerides, who had worked with Thin Lizzy. John was a Thin Lizzy fan and asked Chris to see if Phil Lynott would be interested in playing on John's track. Phil agreed and brought in Darren Wharton and Brian Downey to help.
    John's timing was good as Snowy White had just left Thin Lizzy and the band was looking to replace him and John was the obvious choice. With Thin Lizzy, John performed on the albums, Thunder and Lighting, Live Life and a live record made at the 1983 Reading Festival. But Thin Lizzy decided to call it quits soon after that.

    John was then offered the guitar slot with Whitesnake. However, feeling loyal to Phil and some projects they were working on together, he turned them down. Eventually Whitesnake made him an offer he could not turn down and with Phil's blessing, John joined the band. Upon joining Whitesnake, he quickly overdubbed a few guitars for the American release of the 1984 album, Slide It In.
    The 1987 Whitesnake album is where John really showed his talents. With songs like "Still Of the Night," "Is This Love" and the reworked "Here I Go Again," John really established himself as a guitar player and song writer. However, as the record was about finished, John left the band.
    After his exit from Whitesnake, John went back to England and developed a new plan. He resurfaced in 1989 with a new band called Blue Murder. Much to everyone's surprise (including his own), John was singing lead vocals on the songs. People involved with the band convinced John that nobody they auditioned could match the guide vocals he had recorded on his demos.



    They convinced him he should just do the singing himself. The band included Tony Franklin on bass and Carmine Appice on drums.
    After two more Blue Murder records, when Tony Franklin and Carmine Appice were not involved anymore, John decided to just call his band Sykes. He has released five albums under the Sykes name (Out Of My Tree, Loveland, 20th Century, the Chapter One compilation and most recently, Nuclear Cowboy).
    2002 and a deal is inked to finally allow these fine works to be commercially released outside of Japan!
    Sounds good to me! [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    Great news as I am a big Sykes fan. But to amend what Andrew wrote, Sykes did not leave Whitesnake. After the recording of the 1987 album, Coverdale sacked the whole band. This was his biggest mistake, as having Sykes in the band was the best thing that ever happened to him.

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    Roshambo, good point man, I like the way they skipped that part.

    John Sykes really got screwed over on that album, I remember reading interviewes with Vandenburg and that other guy, they actually tried to make it seem like they played on those tracks in the studio, most people thought it was actually true to!

    Im not a big Whitesnake fan, but that 1987 album is one of the best guitar album's from the 80's, and it was all John Sykes!

    [ December 17, 2002, 12:24 PM: Message edited by: willy4pres ]

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    Originally posted by Roshambo:
    But to amend what Andrew wrote, Sykes did not leave Whitesnake.
    Andrew didn't write it. He took it word by word from the Z Records website.
    I'm a Dirty-Faced Kid... so could some cute female do me the favor and lick me clean, please?!<br /><br />"Nobody rules these streets at night but me... the ATOMIC PUNK!" - DLR (1978)<br /><br />"This must be just like living in paradise... and I don't wanna go home" - DLR (1988)<br /><br />"So put it off until judgment day... I bear the cross on judgment day" - Sammy Hagar (1991)<br /><br />Obey the DFK!<br /><br /><b>IF YOU'RE DFK... YOU'RE DFK 4 LIFE!</b>

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    I agree with comment about the
    self-titled WS album, far better than
    Vai-snake, and I was huge into Vai.
    I also have been wishing I could
    grab my vinyl copy of Thin Lizzy's
    "Thunder & Lightning" from back across
    the country. It's got some great work on it...

    "Like thunder and lightning
    Goddamn it's so exciting
    It hits ya like a hammer
    God Damn!"

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    Originally posted by Atomic Punk DLR:
    </font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Roshambo:
    But to amend what Andrew wrote, Sykes did not leave Whitesnake.
    Andrew didn't write it. He took it word by word from the Z Records website.</font>[/QUOTE]You're right, record company releases tend to be a bit more diplomatic than usual.

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    What a minute...

    Didn't someone say that Sykes and Coverdale were reuniting Whitesnake?

    It was posted here not TOO long ago?
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    Originally posted by THE MARD:
    What a minute...

    Didn't someone say that Sykes and Coverdale were reuniting Whitesnake?

    It was posted here not TOO long ago?
    I think that it's more wishful thinking by fans than anything. Whitesnake will be touring next year and it was rumoured that Sykes may be in the fold but I heard that he may have tour commitments with Thin Lizzy. From what Andrew at Melodicrock has been reporting, it doesn't seem like John will be in the touring Whitenake lineup.

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    from www.johnsykes.com

    January 6, 2003: Regarding Z Records...After reviewing the situation and past history of Z Records, I decided not to get involved. I wish them all the best for the future. Thanks, John

    December 16, 2002: Contrary to what has been reported on various web-sites, I have not signed any contracts with Z Records. We are having discussions, but it is not a completed deal. We'll post news if something happens in this area. Thanks, John

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    Hey guys...
    True that Coverdale sacked Sykes - they tried to get it together again for 2003, but apparently Coverdale wanted Sykes as a hired band member, not a partner as Sykes requested.

    And yeah, the Z deal fell through, but Sykes is looking at other labels to work with.

    Take care,
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    Originally posted by willy4pres:
    Roshambo, good point man, I like the way they skipped that part.

    John Sykes really got screwed over on that album, I remember reading interviewes with Vandenburg and that other guy, they actually tried to make it seem like they played on those tracks in the studio, most people thought it was actually true to!

    Im not a big Whitesnake fan, but that 1987 album is one of the best guitar album's from the 80's, and it was all John Sykes!
    GOD I LOVE THAT ALBUM!!!! It sums up the aura and
    atmosphere of the late 80s rock scene and most of the songs on it were very pertinent to my Life at the time as well.

    On the contrary though, Sykes didn't play the solo to "Here I Go Again" on "87", that was Adrian. To boot, for the CHR release of that song, Coverdale rerecorded the entire tune with mostly keyboards and Dan Huff of Giant played the guitar solo!

    I haven't heard that version in years, and I haven't found it anywhere on the Net, not even on Kaazaa...

    Not that I advocate the use of "file sharing" software by any means. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

    [ January 08, 2003, 01:00 AM: Message edited by: classalpha ]
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    I believe that the "keyboard" version of "here I go" is on the greatest hits cd. God, I remember hearing that emasculated version of the tune on the radio. It was just destroyed. I think that was the only song that Sykes didn't play guitar on. If you listen, the tone of the guitar is much different than the rest of the album.

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    Originally posted by classalpha:
    On the contrary though, Sykes didn't play the solo to "Here I Go Again" on "87", that was Adrian. To boot, for the CHR release of that song, Coverdale rerecorded the entire tune with mostly keyboards and Dan Huff of Giant played the guitar solo!

    I haven't heard that version in years, and I haven't found it anywhere on the Net, not even on Kaazaa...

    Not that I advocate the use of "file sharing" software by any means. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
    I have that version of the song on a Japanese import E.P. called 1987 Versions. If you like I can rip a copy and send it to you, otherwise I can put it in my KaZaA shared files.

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    Originally posted by melodicrock:
    True that Coverdale sacked Sykes - they tried to get it together again for 2003, but apparently Coverdale wanted Sykes as a hired band member, not a partner as Sykes requested.
    Doesn't this sound familiar...

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