Started his career in 1980 with rock group Tygers of Pan Tang
Past bands John has played in are Badlands (Not the Jake E Lee band), Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Blue Murder and his solo project "John Sykes".
After leaving Tygers of Pan Tang in 1982, John joined Thin Lizzy and recorded 2 albums, a studio album "Thunder & Lightening" and a live album entitled "Life". Unfortunatly for John in `83 Thin Lizzy disbanded temporarily for Phil Lynott to persue a solo project.
1984 saw John join Whitesnake, the band toured extensivly promoting the "Slide it in" album (which featured john`s guitar work on the US version of the album.
Whitesnake`s next album was self titled and released in 1987, John co-wrote some of the tracks on that album, notably "Still of the night" and "Is this Love" after the albums release John left Whitesnake and went back to the UK to form his own band.
1989 and Blue Murders first album is released with John now not only playing guitar but the main vocalist for the group.
Blue Murder was to last 5 years and release 3 albums
John has a preference for Gibson Les Pauls, for most of his career he has used the same Black Les Paul custom, he has used it on every recording in the last 20 years and has performed thousands of shows with it, it is showing considerable signs of wear and has been re fretted 3 times in its life.
John owns several Les Pauls, a Red Ibanez JS model given to him by Joe Satriani, a Fender strat, Fender Telecaster and an early Charvel guitar.
With Tygers Of Pan Tang
- 1981 Crazy Nights
- 1981 Live At Nottingham Rock City
- 1981 Spellbound
With Thin Lizzy
- 1983 Thunder and Lightning
- 1983 Life
- 2000 One Night Only
- 1984 Slide It In (US Release)
- 1987 Whitesnake
With Blue Murder
- 1989 Blue Murder
- 1993 Nothin' But Trouble
- 1994 Screaming Blue Murder
- 1997 Loveland
- 1999 Please Don't Leave Me
- 2000 20th Century
- 2003 Nuclear Cowboy
- 2005 Bad Boy Live!