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Rock Music News Updates - Week Ending March 16, 2019

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ZZ Top Begins 50 Year Tour, A Career Milestone

ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard, first joined together in Houston almost five decades ago. Now, a 50th Anniversary "Texas Bash" celebrating their career milestone, kicks off May with three key performance dates in three "Texas towns”.

Their May 17, launch in Dallas at Dos Equis Pavilion, is followed  May 18 in Houston at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. May 19 the Austin360 Amphitheater hosts the ongoing festivities.

ZZ Top will be joined with fellow rock legends Bad Company and Cheap Trick.

The "Celebration" rocks across North America, and then onto their UK and European shows throughout 2019.

Monkees Peter Tork: February 13, 1942 - February 21, 2019, Passes Away at 77
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This week our Facebook, and Twitter pages were ablaze with the sad news of Peter Tork's passing. Peter whose birth name was Peter Halsten Thorkelson, was born in Washington D.C. We covered the Monkees in the 1960s. (Note: before Circus Magazine, Hullabaloo was our moniker. Scroll down this page and read beginning History of Circus Mag.)

The Monkees were not considered real rock by hard rock fans. Their genre may have been labeled teeny bop. But so many of our readers grew up enjoying the wild, and crazy antics, and songs, often written by Neil Diamond, ("Last Train to Clarksville," among others) that they swiftly flew into the realm of fave rockers.

Peter Tork was the favored Monkee with Hullabaloo Magazine readers. Though all members of the band were neck and neck in any race for popularity.

The Monkees consisted of Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Davy Jones. RIP Peter Tork. You brought joy and happiness to a generation of fans. Heartfelt condolences to your family, and friends.

Whitesnake To Release 13th Studio Album "Flesh & Blood" in May 2019


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Whitesnake Explodes. David Coverdale on the cover of January 31, 1988 edition of Circus Magazine. Hailed then as Rock's Newest Supergroup!

Now the band readies another explosion. Whitesnake will release "Flesh & Blood’" the band’s first collection of original material since 2011’s "Forevermore" to coincide with a worldwide tour.

The band's global 2019 tour to begin in April, will be a continued celebration of their 40th anniversary. Tour dates to be announced.

Def Leppard Leader of the Pack as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees

Def Leppard & Joe Elliott  It's official. Def Leppard inducted in Rock Hall of Fame. The band is top fan vote-getter, snagging more than half a million fan votes. Joe Elliott, and Def Leppard as they appear in Centerfold of October 31, 1986 edition of Circus Magazine.

First-time nominees are, Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, and Todd Rundgren. Fans cast their votes at and in person at the Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bon Jovi Set To Host Summer 2019 Cruise

Jon Bon Jovi and Norwegian Cruise Line will host two four-day "Runaway to Paradise" cruises in the spring and summer 2019. The Norwegian Jade will set to sail from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas from April 12-16, 2019, and Norwegian Pearl will sail from Barcelona to Palma, Majorca from August 26-30, 2019.

At each port, Bon Jovi and his 11-piece Kings of Suburbia band will join guests for a full nighttime concert.

February 1970 Circus Magazine, Most Uncanny Edition

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Can you possibly imagine anyone today in media asking the question posed on the cover of this issue of Circus Magazine? One of the most creepy cover stories we had produced asked a question which may sound strange today but was very relevant then. It was a time of youth rebellion and a time when 30 seemed old.

Tragically four of our cover subjects didn't make it through the 1970s, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis Presley.

Stay tuned. More about this issue, the mistakes, inconsistencies, in the continuing story of My History with Circus Magazine.

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Circus Magazine A Day in Rock Music History

October 4, 1970

Janis Joplin is Dead of an Overdose

Janis Joplin October 1970 Nicknamed "Pearl, Janis Joplin died of an overdose at age 27, on October 4, 1970. Her fourth album, Pearl was released four months after her death. We remember Janis Joplin as one of America's most loved rock stars.

This edition of Circus Magazine, October 1970, went to press in early September of that year.

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About Us: Circus Magazine, the legendary rock music publication was founded by Gerald Rothberg in 1966. He has been its editor and publisher for over forty years.

(All pages, including all logos of Circus Magazine, Circus Raves, Hullabaloo Magazine, on all pages of are Copyright (c) 2019 by Gerald Rothberg. All rights reserved.)


My 40 Year History with Circus Magazine, Legendary Rock Music Publication

by Gerald Rothberg, Circus Magazine Founder, Editor, and Publisher

Gerald Rothberg

(Copyright ©2019 by Gerald Rothberg. All rights reserved.)

My history of Circus Magazine? Yes, that's a story I've been prompted to tell, for years. Now is the time. So, rather than wait a year, or two, or more for me to complete a manuscript, I thought it best to jot down notes as they entered my head.

This way, information will be transmitted instantly. True, with all warts, and welts. But that makes the tale grittier, I suppose. Stay tuned, Dear Reader. History of rock music's legendary publication, Circus Magazine begins now.

Before Circus Magazine there was Hullabaloo. The name change occurred in 1969. But that is a story for later on. The first issue of the magazine was born on a long mahogany wood dining table, purchased used for $10. from a thrift shop. The table was set complete with a clunky upright typewriter typed copy for the issue, X-acto knife, t-square, rulers, paste-up glue, white out, copy paper, and paste-up boards.

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First issue, Beatles George Harrison, and model Pattie Boyd. The couple married on January 21, 1966. Jimi Hendrix graced the first cover of Circus Magazine.

David Dalton was our first editor, who helped focus on the mag toward a serious appreciation of rock music. I did some writing, but David and freelancers did the bulk of the writing. Note the first issue, which featured British model Pattie Boyd, with Beatles George Harrison.

Yes, the English invasion had already begun a year or so earlier. The Animals were here, The Rolling StonesDave Clark 5, and even Herman's Hermits. Note the first edition of Circus Magazine, with an incredible portrait photograph of Jimi Hendrix, snapped by a young Jeff Mayer, who became one of our regular rock music photographers.

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British Rock band Eric Burdon, and the Animals. Our first centerfold. "House of the Rising Sun,"  became a transAtlantic hit song, after its release by MGM Records in 1964. Described as first folk-rock hit.

The first official staff of Hullabaloo was me, as editor-publisher, David Dalton, art director, and editor. Ian Cremer listed as editor-in-chief, and Bruce Gedman, associate editor-publisher.

Sarah Dalton, David's sister, wrote the London Cable, Bruce Gedman wrote a music column and Didier Delaunoy wrote record reviews. Norm Schreiber and Jeff Steinberg were our go-to freelance writers. Jeff later became our editor.

What I remember vividly about David, during a busy day was a telephone call that would come in from his mom. She spoke with a broad British accent. David was both editor, and art director for the mag, and had much to do in our office, which was my Studio apartment.

The phone rings, and I answer. This was a landline desk unit that sat in the middle of the long table.

She: Is David there?
Me: May I ask who's calling?
She: His mother.
Me: David, your mother is on the phone.
David: Tell her I'll call back in a moment.
Me. He'll call you back in a moment.
She: Thank you.

This conversation went on a few times a day until David returned the call to his mom.


The original staff. Left to right: Gerry Rothberg, Bruce Gedman, Jan Cremer, Darling, and David Dalton.

David Dalton could be seen at Steve Paul's the Scene, on New York's West 46 Street, with his new friend Linda Eastman, a photography newbie. Steve Paul was an affable guy, open, and friendly.

Rock music heavies, like Jimi Hendrix, played the Scene, while British invasion bands jammed, and hung out. Linda became one of our earliest photographers, as well as Linda McCartney. Yes, Paul McCartney's wife.

At this time it was necessary to secure national distribution for the magazine. I was fortunate to hook up with Ace Distribution Company headed by the affable and involved Aaron A. Wyn. A.A. Wyn founded Ace Books, which at that time was a well-known publisher of science fiction and fantasy paperback books.

The first success for this company, however, was with mysteries, and westerns. These genres were known as pulp fiction. Pulp because of the paper it was printed on.

The magazine started out as a pulp magazine, with color inserts, and was printed by an offset press. The first edition of Hullabaloo, soon to become Circus Magazine, was produced at a printing press company in Upstate New York.

(Continue reading. History of Circus Magazine Page 2)

Week Ending March 23, 2019: Best Circus Magazine Covers Voted by Fan s

Quiet Riot: Kevin Dubrow Sizes Up Metal's Health, and Fans.  (Circus Magazine March 31, 1984 Edition)

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Above: Kevin Dubrow Quiet Riot, takes top spot this week. Following closely, Gene Stanley Kiss, and Alice Cooper. A  cover image of Ted Nugent, sent to me by Facebook friend Ricky Kirby. March 31, 1975 edition is next. 

About me: Circus Magazine, the legendary rock music publication was founded by Gerald Rothberg in 1966. He has been its editor and publisher for over forty years.

Rothberg is the author of "The Esau Swindle," "Love Song for Montana Greene," the just-released “Memoirs of a Woman With Two Lovers," and the forthcoming fantasy novel "Billy B Gude, and the Escape From Elsinore Castle."

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