‘I’ll Have Some of That!: Guitarist Joey Sykes Talks Babys Reunion and Working with Wally Stocker
With a string of hits including “Isn’t It Time,” “Every Time I Think of You” and “Back On My Feet Again,” the Babys’ brand of classic rock/power pop played a huge part in the musical transition of the late Seventies.
Following their breakup in 1981, members of the band went on to achieve continued success — Jonathan Cain with Journey, Ricky Phillips with Styx and original singer John Waite as a solo artist and with Cain and Phillips in Bad English.
Now, after more than a three-decade absence, guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock have reformed the Babys and will release a new album, I’ll Have Some of That! June 24.
Originally brought on just to contribute songs for the project, guitarist Joey Sykes’ wizardry and work ethic impressed Stocker and Brock so much that he was asked to sign on as a new member of the band along with bassist/vocalist John Bisaha. The two musicians add a new dimension to the Babys and bring with them a style that works well in tandem with Stocker and Brock.
I recently caught up with Sykes to ask him about the Babys reunion, the new album and more.
GUITAR WORLD: How did the Babys reunion come about?
Over the years, the guys would often tease about doing one. Obviously, Jonathan Cain is a huge part of Journey and Ricky Phillips is firmly entrenched with Styx, so it was tough to do a full-on reunion. The closest they got was a few years ago with John [Waite], but in the end John decided to continue with his solo career. But there was no animosity. At the end of the day, everyone is a fan of everything that made the Babys’ legacy so great and gave the reunion their blessing.
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