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The Smokin Rockets / Bio

As you know, Long Island gave birth to so much music talent notably Billy Joel, & multi-platinum band The Stray Cats found their home in Massapequa. With the desire to showcase the music that has been a part of mainstream radio & audiences of all ages around the world, now comes Long Island's new "Atomic Rock Band"...The Smokin Rockets.
Founding member, Johnny Lemmon (guitar/vocals) has performed internationally in the pop music scene for more than 30 years with The Merseybeat Beatles Tribute which has graced the stage to audiences worldwide, Blessed to be guitar player for many early rock Icons and Inspired by the likes of The Ventures, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent & many others. The Smokin Rockets were formed.

“Blending the very best of early guitar driven rock with contemporary tones"

Along with Johnny Lemmon, his music mates include Mike O’Hara - A hot rod building NY biased drummer, & Veteran of the N.Y. Rock Seen, Mike has a passion for the tonally energy of the era. Providing his driving beats and spot on backing vocals. On Bass is Atsu Kawamura. Native of a small town located at most western part Japan; His English school teacher motivated him to start playing the guitar and introduced him to the world of rock & roll music. He played the electric guitar and was his first experience of listening to a live rock & roll at the age of 13. At 18 he moved to Tokyo to study Audio Engineering. In my teens my music idols were The Beatles. After moving to New York I found The Smokin Rockets. I instantly knew by intuition that I would play with them someday soon because they were doing what I like to do. I like the sound of acoustic instruments but I’m happy to accept any kind of music from classical to punk whatever makes me feel good.
Together they capture the early days of guitar rock bands with an Atomic mix of Rock & Roll, Surf & Rockabilly driving beats that will surely move your feet move.
The Smokin Rockets will take you on a rock journey of the very best guitar bands of the atomic age. The Rockets re-captures all the tonal energy long replaced by computers and digital technology. Listen to the magic as The Smokin Rockets take this era to new heights when they add their energetic pure atomic tone with cutting edge musicianship. This trio’s contagious enthusiasm brings back the very best of this amazing era. Contact: RadioActive Talent Inc. Ken Franklin 212 315-1919 & 516 476-4822

General Info

Band Members
John Lemmon - Guitar/Voicals, Mike O'Hara - Drums, Atsuhiko Kawamura - Bass
Artist Name
The Smokin Rockets
Profile Page
Rockabilly / Americana / Classic Rock

Contact Info

New York, NY

Similar Artists

  • Eddie Cocharn
  • Gene Vincent
  • Ventures
  • Carl Perkins
  • Stray Cats