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Best known as the guitarist for Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake (and to a lesser degree, Blue Murder), John Sykes has also managed to issue sporadic solo albums throughout the years. The early 21st century saw Sykes keep a pretty tight schedule (as he was steadily on the road with a reconstructed version of Thin Lizzy), and somehow still find the time to issue 2003's Nuclear Cowboy. Sykes will forever be linked to '80s metal (after all, it was his nimble fingers doing the fretwork on Whitesnake's "Still of the Night"), but he manages to embrace a modern hard rock production on this 2003 release. However, longtime fans need not worry — Nuclear Cowboy is unmistakably John Sykes, as evidenced by such tracks as the six-string showcase "We Will," the Def Leppard-esque title track, and the melodic metal of "I Wish It Would Rain" (which brings to mind Bon Jovi at times). The album also sees Sykes reunite with his one-time bandmate in Blue Murder, drummer Carmine Appice, as well as his bandmate in the 21st century Thin Lizzy, bassist Marco Mendoza. Undoubtedly one of the more underrated guitar shredders of the '80s, Sykes shows that his talents are still definitely intact throughout Nuclear Cowboy.


Born: 29 July 1959 in Reading, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his stints with hard rock outfits Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, guitarist John Sykes was born July 29, 1959 in Reading, England. He began playing music at 14, and joined the group Streetfighter in 1980; a stint with Badlands followed before Sykes joined the Tygers of Pan Tang, issuing the LP Spellbound in 1981. After completing work on the album Crazy Nights, he left the Tygers to join Thin Lizzy in time for the group's final studio LP, 1983's Thunder and Lightning; the following year,...
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Nuclear Cowboy, John Sykes
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 25 March 2003

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