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John Diva & The Rockets of Love 'American Amadeus​' Album Review By JD Rich

John Diva & The Rockets of Love

American Amadeus​

Steamhammer Records​

January 15, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio




Every once in a while, an EP comes along that bucks the contemporary template of music trends in an effort to stand out among the millions of new releases clamoring to get spins or downloads. Right off, I could tell American Amadeus could be one of them. This sophomore release from John Diva & The Rockets of Love didn’t disappoint. This band showers affection on the style of music so many of us suckled during our pupal stage of life, between annoying adolescence and lethally boring adulthood. I’m talking about the horny teenage years of awkward backseat misadventures, shredded designer jeans, and scuba tank-sized cans of hairspray.​


John Diva and The Rockets of Love successfully infused new life into the neon-blasted days of the 80s, and I think we’re all the better for it. I know I am! Listening to this 12-song EP was the most enjoyable distraction I’ve had in months that didn’t involve a never-ending fountain of adult beverages!​


American Amadeus strikes a chord (pun intended) in those of us who yearn for a vacation from the pressure-cooker of being an adult. A dozen tracks of musical morphine take the edge off while playfully reminding us of the music that helped make a lot of us who we are today. It’s a campy celebration of the Glam Metal/Hair Band days we adore. The spirit of the EP can be summed up by one of my favorite tracks: “This Is Rock And Roll”. Yes it is, and it follows in the same vein as “I Wanna Rock” (Twisted Sister), “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution'' (AC/DC), and of course, the apex of Rock anthems, “Rock And Roll All Night” (KISS).​


With all the typical tropes from Glam/Hair Metal (familiar guitar riffs, synthesizers, uncomplicated percussion, etc.), the band’s intentional tongue-in-cheek devotion to the genre raises it to a new level bringing up-tempo harmless raunch back in style. (Lucky for me, I still have the wardrobe to go with it. What can I say, I’m an 80's geek.) Don’t confuse their lightheartedness with mockery. There is none of that. Nor are any malicious shots taken. John Diva & The Rockets of Love are first and foremost professional musicians who take their craft seriously, even if the material is a sly wink to more carefree days of excess and debauchery (case in point: “Voodoo Sex Vampires” and “Wasted (in Babylon).) They tap into the collective subconscious of their audience to remind us that good music doesn’t have to be political or angry. We don’t need to take ourselves so damn seriously. Lighten up, enjoy the ride for what it is: a vacation from a scared, humorless environment. American Amadeus serves up selections from our favorite three food groups: sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Except now, we have enough experience and wisdom to know how to do it right...for the most part.


Check out these videos from the new album:

"Bling Bling Marilyn”

"Drip Drip Baby"

"American Amadeus"

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