“What will surprise you is the quality of the material on offer. It’s almost as if the makers of ‘Rock Of Ages’ had said “We want to make a sequel, but this time we want an all-original score, such is the grand vision the band have more or less delivered here… There’s plenty of famous reference points to get your teeth into – Whitesnake, Aerosmith and Van Halen for a start. Poison crop up from time to time (the less trashy, more commercial variant) and Bon Jovi naturally. There’s a smidgeon of Journey, a soupcon of Night Ranger, a hint of Guns N Roses and a sneaky thumbs-up to the Scorpions…The playing is spot on, the hooks come thick and fast (and more importantly, last for days) and the general joie-de-vivre captures that era better than anything I’ve heard in an absolute age!” (Dave Cockett, Fireworks Magazine, April 2019).

“Fusing sleaze, melodic metal and AOR, this debut harks back to 80s stadium rock and gives it a fresh energy. Packed full of killer riffs and sparkling solos, great rhythms and strong vocals with well crafted backing harmonies, it’s an upbeat and engaging listen. ‘Whiplash’ opens proceedings with a melodic bang, killer guitars and rapid-fire drums pushing the pace. By contrast, ‘Lolita’ has a sunny California style reminiscent of an 80s high school movie soundtrack, while ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven’ has a swampy, Southern twang and a tub thumping rhythm.” (Claire Huckett, Black Velvet Magazine Feb. 2019.)

John Diva & The Rockets Of Love, the dynamic, hugely talented young Rock ‘N’ Roll quintet who definitively bring a massive breath of fresh air to eighties style classic rock music, have confirmed the release of their glorious second album ‘American Amadeus’, on Steamhammer / SPV on January 15th as a Digipak CD (inc. poster), double gatefold 140 gram black vinyl LP (with printed inner sleeves + bonus tracks), download and stream. 

‘Drip Drip Baby’ has just been taken as a single from the album. You can view the video here:-

John Diva & The Rockets Of Love’s debut album, ‘Mama Said Rock Is Dead’, which crashed in to the German National Album Chart at number 24 when unleashed by Steamhammer in February 2019, spawned a slew of triumphantly sold out headline tours all around Germany and Europe.

What, therefore, could have been more natural than them adhering to exactly the same 80’s glam rock inspired recipe for success for their sophomore offering, ‘American Amadeus’? But no, as lead singer John Diva, whose powerful, expressive vocals layer all the band’s humerous lyrics with intelligent and onomatopoeic innuendo, points out; “That was never even an option for us. On the contrary: the challenge lies in growing, testing boundaries and inventing yourself over and over again on an artistic level. Stagnation means regression, so with ‘American Amadeus’ we are definitely going one step further.”

Guitarist Snake Rocket reflects that “Our major tour for ‘Mama Said Rock Is Dead’ has had a positive impact on us. Thanks to the thoroughly positive feedback for our first album and its great reception at concerts, we’re going out on a limb even more with ‘American Amadeus’: our hard songs are even harder and faster, our flashy pieces even flashier.”

Like its predecessor, ‘American Amadeus’ is packed with killer – stick-in-your-head-for-days melodies, riffs and choruses, but the new songs go even further, cross referencing not only stalwarts such as Van Halen, Mötley Crüe or Def Leppard, but also 70’s rock legends like The Who, Kiss in their early years, and Black Sabbath.

Never is this more evident than on the epic title track ‘American Amadeus‘, which is brimming with pomp, pathos, glamour and decadence. This flair is also expressed in the accompanying video clip, which can only be described as opulent. “To us, ‘American Amadeus‘ is the perfect title track because it demonstrates the whole range of our stylistic repertoire” John Diva explains, continuing; “The song is glamorous, playfully electrifying and combines European high culture with American trash culture.”

Much the same can be said for the first single ‘Bling Bling Marilyn’, which was written by lead singer John Diva with Hannes Braun (Kissin’ Dynamite), who contributed valuable ideas to no less than 3 more songs. “We’re really happy with the collaboration”, the band enthuse, “especially as the fans will definitely be noticing his style in ‘Bling Bling Marilyn’.” The same applies to Michael Voss (Mad Max, Michael Schenker), who  co-composed ‘Champagne On Mars‘ and ‘This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and who plays a banjo slide solo in ‘Voodoo Sex & Vampires‘.JOHN DIVA & The Rockets Of Love – American Amadeus –

Release date:     January 15th, 2021
Format:              – CD Digipak incl. poster
– 2LP + bonus tracks, Gatefold, 140g black vinyl, printed inner sleeves

01. Voodoo, Sex & Vampires 3:57
02. American Amadeus 4:00
03. Soldier Of Love 4:04
04. Bling Bling Marilyn 3:49
05. Champagne On Mars 2:52
06. Weekend For A Lifetime 3:47
07. Karmageddon 4:54
08. Wasted (In Babylon) 4:03
09. Movin‘ Back To Paradise 3:58
10. Drip Drip Baby 3:51
11. This Is Rock’n’Roll 3:27
12. 2 Hearts 3:55

Vinyl Bonus Tracks:
13. Star Of Rock 3:35 (bonus track)
14. Blonde! Black! Red! Brunette! 3:43 (bonus track)
15. American Amadeus (Orchester Version) 3:53 (bonus track)

John Diva – vocals
Snake Rocket – guitars
J.J. Love – guitars
Remmie Martin – bass
Lee Stingray jr. – drums

Live 2021:
05.03. DE-Bremen – Aladin
06.03. DE-Solingen – Cobra
07.03. DE-Berlin – Galaxy
12.03. DE-Fulda – Kreuz
13.03. DE-Munich – Strom
14.03. DE-Cologne – Kantine
18.03. DE-Kiel – Orange Club
19.03. DE-Hamburg – Grünspan
24.03. DE-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
25.03. DE-Stuttgart – Universum
26.03. CH-Davos – Montanasaal
27.03. CH-Davos – Parsennhütte
09.04. DE-Bensheim – Rex
10.04. DE-Leipzig – Naumann
16.04. DE-Koblenz – Cafe Hahn
17.04. DE-Bochum – Zeche
23.04. DE-Isernhagen – Blues Garage
24.04. DE-Osnabrück – Rosenhof

photos (c) Tom Row


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