Golden Robot Records is pleased to welcome guitar legend John Sykes to their already impressive roster of artists. John recently signed a worldwide deal with the label, which will see his long anticipated forthcoming new album released later this year.
The leonine-maned guitarist joins a roster of eighties metal renown including Skid Row, King’s X, Guns n’Roses alumni Gilby Clarke and Dizzy Reed, Little Caesar and Rose Tattoo.
‘It’s about time and with my global signing to Golden Robot Records, I feel I have found the right home for my music,” explains Sykes.
‘It’s time that rock fans throughout the world heard a musician who plays and sings from the heart. I’m just happy that John with so much incredible and authentic talent has decided he finally wanted to share his music with rock fans throughout the world and can do that with the team at Golden Robot. This is truly an inspirational moment for rock music fans everywhere.’ says Golden Robot Records Executive Chairman of Worldwide Expansion, Derek Shulman
With a career spanning almost forty years, British born Sykes is one of the most respected and revered guitar players in rock history! Starting his career in 1980 with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal act Tygers Of Pan Tang, John would soon join Thin Lizzy (co-writing the much covered Cold Sweat) and later Phil Lynott’s solo band. In 1984, with Lynott’s blessing, Sykes joined the legendary Whitesnake in time to tour their Slide It In album and to contribute guitar parts to the US remix of the album, the tour for which ended with a now iconic performance at Rock In Rio in front of half a million people!
Whitesnake’s self titled 1987 album went on to sell over eight million albums in the US alone and features the Sykes co-penned classics, Still Of The Night and Is This Love, which are still regularly played on rock radio to this day. After Whitesnake, John formed the revered supergroup Blue Murder, featuring Tony Franklin on bass and Carmine Appice on drums. Their highly praised debut album not only showcased John’s signature melodic licks but his unmistakable singing voice as well. In 1994, Sykes reformed Thin Lizzy with original guitarist Scott Gorham and he continued touring with the band until 2009.
As a solo artist, John released four albums between 1995 and 2000 and contributed guest solos for Derek Sherinian on his 2004 solo album. In 2006, Gibson Guitars honoured Sykes by producing an ‘Inspired By’ Les Paul modelled after his 70’s era Custom model. Both versions of the guitar, an ‘aged’ look, recreating the exact look of his original, and the VOS brand new model sold out immediately and are now highly sought after collectors items worth many times their original value.
John will be hitting the road in support of his new album in mid 2019 with his newly formed band that features long time collaborator and Blue Murder band mate, Tony Franklin and newcomer Fred Boswell Jr. on Drums.