30 Years Ago Today: John Sykes’ Blue Murder released
John Sykes was involved in one of the most popular albums of the 1980s, Whitesnake’s self-titled 1987 release. He co-wrote all the songs on the album except for two that were re-recordings of songs from the band’s back catalog. He played all the lead guitars on the album…except for the most popular song, the new version “Here I Go Again.” David Coverdale hired Adrian Vandenberg to record the solo after firing Sykes near the end of the recording process.
Two years after Whitesnake’s 1987 album was released, John Sykes exacted his revenge with his new band, Blue Murder. Sykes handled vocals and guitars for the hard rock outfit, while icons Tony Franklin and Carmine Appice played bass and drums, respectively. The self-titled debut was released April 25, 1989, and reached #69 on the Billboard 200 in June 1989. Blue Murder released two studio albums and one live album before the label dropped the act and Sykes went solo.
If you’re looking for an often overlooked hard rock masterpiece, pick up a copy of Blue Murder’s self-titled debut.