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nate the album, a fact underscored by its '80s sheen
and power-pop tunes like
"Here I Go Again" and "Is
This Love." "Still of the
Night" merely ref lected
a musical cycle revisiting
Zep's legacy, and Sykes'
soloing has more to do
with Gary Moore, Randy
Rhoads, Michael Schenker,
and Van Halen than it does
with Jimmy Page.
Upon completion of the
album, Coverdale fired
the band, citing personal
differences and ego clashes,
then replaced it with a
touring outf it that included Vivian Campbell
and Adrian Vandenberg.
Undeterred, in '88, Sykes
formed Blue Murder with
bassist Tony Franklin and
drummer Carmine Appice.
He composed material
and served as lead vocalist
on the group's self-titled
debut in '89, followed
by Nothin' But Trouble
and the live Screaming
Blue Murder. The catalog
includes sprawling metal
epics, country-blues and
pop-metal influences, and
textural power ballads.
In '95, he began a solo
career that has seen him
release Out of My Tree,
"Still of the Night" remains a Sykes masterpiece
chord punches punctuated with silence and a
Loveland, 20th Century,
and was the clarion call of the Led Zeppelin revival
blues-scale theme played in the lower register.
Nuclear Cowboy, and Bad
of 1987/'88. Demos from the reissue Whitesnake
The former has a well-accented mechanized
Boy Live! (with takes on
box set reveal much about the song's evolution
feel and exploits an intervallic octave-jumping
Lizzy, Whitesnake, Blue
and the Sykes/Coverdale compositional approach.
pattern reminiscent of "The Immigrant Song"
Murder, and solo songs),
This passage contains two elements closely aspeppered with power chords, while the latter is a
all bearing testimony to
sociated with the Zep legacy - a highly rhythmic
meandering F# minor blues-rock melody setting
his growth. Concurrently,
riff with alternating palm-muted low E notes and
up vocal and band interplay a la "Black Dog."
he participated in a reconstituted Thin Lizzy (where
he handled the deceased Lynott's vocals), STYLE
style contains requisite elements of a modern
worked with the Hughes Turner Project,
Sykes forged a guitar persona decidedly hard-rock guitarist - pinch harmonics, ultraDerek Sherinian, and played on Crossfire - A British in character and technically brilliant fast blues licks, and scalar runs executed
Salute to Stevie Ray. In 2013, he began work in delivery. He came to prominence in the with legato and picked technique, diatonic
on a fifth studio album but was sidelined by era of Van Halen, Rhoads, and pop metal, sequences, wild string bends including
business complications and a broken elbow. but there is a discernible '70s/Gary Moore behind-the-nut bends of open harmonics,
It remains unreleased.
influence in his ferocity and chops. Rather vocalesque vibrato of varied width, pull-off
than an imitator, he is a descendant with his flurries, quick ostinatos of pentatonic and
own voice. His approach can be gutsy and diatonic patterns, intervallic melodies, twoINFLUENCES
Sykes' primary influences include Page, blues-based as in "Blue Murder," lyrical and handed tapping, and tremolo-picked phrases.
Melodic rock solos are a specialty, as on
Clapton, Blackmore, Moore, Schenker, thematic as in "Out of Love," or florid and
complex as in "Crying in the Rain." His lead ballads like "Still in Love" and "Is This
Johnny Winter, and Uli Roth.

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