John Diva and The Rockets Of Love – Mama Said Rock Is Dead4th February 2019
They say never judge a book by its cover, but when you’re faced with the album cover for John Diva and The Rockets of Love Mama Said Rock Is Dead it’s seriously difficult not to. 1st impressions matter.
Upon putting the needle on the record and opener Whiplash starts its sounding really good. Nice crunchy riff, strong bass and drums, not exactly what I was expecting (despite the peacock feathers on the front cover),and then Johns voice comes over the speaker. I got exactly what I expected then. A Vince Neil clone.
Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering it sounded a bit Crueish, but it quickly descends into Motley/Poison territory. I don’t mind me a bit of Motley/Poison or even Whitesnake (classic 80’s hairspray rock).
Mama Said Rock Is Dead continues firmly on the hair metal/power pop radio friendly vibe, so much so that it got to the point of sounding like a parody (albeit a serious one unlike Steel Panther.)
Sadly this album left me cold as it just hasn’t got the attitude of that eras music. It’s lacking that f**k you (sorry fellas). It’s like California Girls era David Lee Roth.
It just didn’t do it for me.
3. Rock n’ Roll Heaven
4. Wild Life
6. Dane Dirty
7. Just a Night Away
8. Fire Eyes
9. Get It On
10. Long Legs
12. Rocket of Love
8th February 2019