David Coverdale on John Sykes’ Crucial Role in the Success of Whitesnake

David Coverdale recently uploaded a video to the YouTube channel for Whitesnake. Coverdale revealed John Sykes’ crucial contribution to the group’s success.  David Coverdale formed Whitesnake in 1978 after leaving Deep Purple. Early success was achieved by the band, particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Trouble reached number 50 on the UK Albums chart upon its release. Later, the band achieved significant success with albums such as ‘Come an’ Get It’ and ‘Saints & Sinners,’ which peaked in the top 10 on the UK Albums chart.

Midway through the 1980s, the band’s popularity was on the rise, and one of the musicians credited with this success was John Sykes. Following the dissolution of Thin Lizzy, Sykes was asked to join Whitesnake and made his live debut with the group in 1984. When recording new guitar parts for the US release of the group’s sixth album, ‘Slide In It,’ he did an excellent job.  Sykes contributed significantly to the band’s mainstream success during that time period with his dynamic sound and style. Working on albums with Coverdale, he also penned powerful lyrics. However, during the creation of their next album in 1985, Coverdale fired all members, including Sykes, due to internal conflicts within the band. The group’s most commercially successful album was the self-titled release from 1987, to which Sykes contributed as guitarist and backup vocalist.

Recently, Coverdale recalled the recording process for this album, mentioning the hit track “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again.” The rocker discussed Sykes’ significant contribution to the album, stating that he was an exceptional guitarist who conveyed all emotions with the instrument.  According to David Coverdale, the guitarist was very passionate about what he did and, as a result, felt exhausted after a performance, similar to Jimmy Page. Coverdale remarked that the album was considerably better than he had anticipated and praised Sykes for his outstanding contribution.

David Coverdale stated the following regarding the contributions of John Sykes: “John would enter with tremendous vigor. Even if he was seated during the performance, he was red-faced with exhaustion after completing a tape. Jimmy Page is the only other guitarist I’ve seen dig that deeply into the instrument. It is both felt and audible on the record. So, once again, Mr. Derek Sherinian arrived, and we discovered previously unused guitars and cleaned up the remainder. I am extremely satisfied with the track. Some of these tracks have turned out better than I had anticipated and unquestionably better than they were originally, despite having the same elements but a different perspective and mood. It is a catchy tune. The video can be viewed below.

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