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John Sykes

John Sykes

Real/full name:
John James Sykes
61 (born Jul 29th, 1959)
Place of origin:
United Kingdom (Reading, Berkshire, England)


John began playing publicly at the age of 14, while his family was temporarily located in Ibiza, where John's father owned several nightclubs. After returning to England, John joined Streetfighter (1980). In 1981 he played in a band which featured bassist Neil Murray, who had recently left Whitesnake. John joined Tygers of Pan Tang after replying to an ad in the paper, which he left in order to ...


In 1982 Sykes was recruited by former Uriah Heep singer John Sloman in a band called Badlands, that broke up shortly after formation. This is not the same band which was later formed by Jake E. Lee, Ray Gillen & Eric Singer.

Auditioned for Guns'N'Roses in 2009.

John Sykes

Guitars, Vocals (1994-present)


Guitars (1982)

Blue Murder

Vocals, Guitars (1988-1994)


Vocals, Guitars

1982 Crazy Dream (EP) Vocals, Guitars

Thin Lizzy

Guitars (1982-1984, 1994, 1996-2009), Vocals (1996-2001, 2004-2009)

1983 Cold Sweat (Single) Guitars
1983 Thunder and Lightning Vocals (backing), Guitars
1983 Thunder and Lightning (Single) Guitars
1983 The Sun Goes Down (Single) Guitars
1983 Life: Live (Live album) Vocals (backing), Guitars
1992 BBC Radio One Live in Concert (Live album) Guitars, Vocals
2000 One Night Only (Live album) Vocals, Guitars
2003 Live at the Regal Theatre Hitchin 1983 (Video) Guitars
2005 Thunder and Lightning Tour (Video) Guitars, Vocals
2005 Greatest Hits (Video) Guitars

Tygers of Pan Tang

Guitars (lead) (1980-1982)

1981 Hellbound / Don't Give a Damn (Single) Guitars (lead)
1981 Spellbound Guitars (lead), Vocals (backing) (as "John James Sykes")
1981 The Story So Far (EP) Guitars (lead)
1981 Don't Stop By / Slave to Freedom (Single) Guitars (lead)
1981 Love Don't Stay / Paradise Drive (Single) Guitars (lead)
1981 Crazy Nights Guitars
1982 Heavy Metal '82 (Split) Guitars (lead)
1982 Do It Good (Single) Guitars (lead)
1982 Love Potion No. 9 (Single) Guitars (lead)
1992 Singles (Compilation) Guitars (lead) (tracks 8-12)
2001 Live at Nottingham Rock City (Live album) Guitars
2018 Hellbound. Spellbound Live 1981 (Live album) Guitars (lead)
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Guitars (1983-1987)

Def Leppard

1992 Adrenalize Vocals (backing)

Derek Sherinian

2004 Mythology Guitars (track 3)

Philip Lynott

2002 Live in Sweden 1983 (Live album) Guitars

Thin Lizzy

2000 One Night Only (Live album) Producer
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Added on: 2011-04-13 06:18:10 Last modified on: 2021-02-01 17:14:27
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