John Sykes

Bad Boy Live!

John Sykes pretty much wrote Whitesnake’s 1987 self-titled album, along with David Coverdale. Although he was unceremoniously ousted from the group before videos and touring would commence, real Whitesnake fans knew of his enormous talent. Although Blue Murder, Sykes’ first post-Whitesnake group, disbanded after only two proper U.S. releases, he’s made a living with his own Y2K-compliant version of Thin Lizzy. Bad Boy Live!, available only at, features Sykes playing songs from all of the aforementioned groups, in addition to his solo works. Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent and Whitesnake), Tommy Aldridge (Pat Travers, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) round out the able quartet with a live collection culled from their latest trek to (where else?) Japan. 10 out of 10 studded belts.