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Breaking! Rock News ...Guns 'n Roses first 2020 concert set for Super Bowl Week January 31 at American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL ... Kiss manager Doc McGhee has confirmed all living former band members have been asked to join in Kiss's last ever gig, on July 17, 2021 in NYC ... Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Kiss, Motley Crue, Metallica members take center stage in “Come On Feel The Noize.” Documentary of how Rock became Metal will be available in USA, and Canada in December ... Guns N' Roses "Not in This Lifetime" tour grossed $584 million, sold 5.4 million tickets. The recently concluded tour began in 2016, ranks third highest grossing in Billboard history ... A reunited Motley Crue to hit the road again in 2020; US stadium tour with Def Leppard, and Poison, planned ... Ozzy Osbourne announced that Marilyn Manson will open for him on the rescheduled No More Tours 2, kicking off in Atlanta, GA, May 27, 2020 ... Stay tuned, more news updates daily ...

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 Editor's Choice New Songs Download Mondays, Thursdays 1. RIP Malcolm Young Watch AC/DC Play Last Concert With Malcolm  2. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. I Love Rock 'n Roll. 3. Motley Crue, Home Sweet Home. Readers' Choice: See click below.


Readers' Choice This week's votes placed Randy Rhodes Live Tribute Video in top spot. Marilyn Manson took second position with his cover of The Doors,The End. Quite Riot grabbed runner up slot with Cum On Feel The Noize


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RockNews  AC/DC rumors hotter than hell for 2020 new album, and tour With Brian Johnson

Angus Young AC/DC Circus Magazine

Angus Young in the photo above, is often considered one of the world’s top guitarist, and performers.

(December 9, 2019) First off  AC/DC has been looking back at Highway to Hell, with social media messages stirring up rumors as they celebrate the album's 40th anniversary. Now, Dee Snider, Twisted Sister replying to a fan's remark, "If only there were enough tracks for a full album, tweeted, "What are you talking about. There are ... I know."

What's more, Snider tweeted back to a fan's question if one of the classic AC/DC members was sick: “He died. RIP Malcolm Young. But all four surviving members have reunited WITH tracks recorded by Malcolm while he was still alive.

Malcolm‘s nephew Stevie Young is replacing him (he’s done this a couple of times before). It’s as close as you can get to the original band. @acdc”. 

Adding more fuel to the flames. new photos of the band with Brian Johnson, have cropped up. AC/DC have been spotted in the recording studio. This has been confirmed by the legendary rock band’s producer, Mike Fraser. Their long time producer, Fraser produced the last five Studio Albums.

On social media, Fraser shared an interview on the group’s status, and confirmed the band is rehearsing again. “I would say we’ve been in the studio doing something. What’s come of that I can’t discuss yet.”

Reports are that the new album will include unused tracks by late guitarist Malcolm Young, AC/DC co-founder, who passed away in 2017, at the age of 64. Malcolm retired from the rock band three years earlier, suffering from dementia. 

So far no official announcement from AC/DC.

Side Note


 The original "Highway To Hell" cover was "shot down in flames" by the American record company... The band recently posted the cover image, along with the above statement on their Instagram, and Twitter accounts. The American record company referred to, is the legendary New York City headquartered, Atlantic Records.

Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison & Joan Jett Invasion Set for Next Summer's The Stadium Tour 2020 

(December 9, 2019) Story in progress. Check back later.

The Rolling Stones release live  performance video of  1968 classic Jumpin' Jack Flash 

(November 25, 2019) The Rolling Stones are streaming their 1968 classic, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, from their new live package, Bridges To Buenos Aires. The video download, is from the last date of their five-night residency at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, performed April 5, 1998

The song, and album were restored from original master tapes, with audio remixed and remastered from live multi-track recordings. Bridges To Buenos Aires features a guest appearance by Bob Dylan on "Like A Rolling Stone."

Bridges To Buenos Aires is available in DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, digital video, limited edition blue translucent 180gm triple vinyl, and digital audio. The colored blue vinyl three lp set currently sells for $52.99.

Guns N' Roses crush 1 billion "Sweet Child O' Mine" views

(November 17, 2019) Guns N’ Roses broke new ground in their more than 30 year career, with “Sweet Child O’ Mine” becoming the first video from the 1980s to crush 1 billion views on YouTube.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine,” released in 1988 by Geffen Records, is the third single from Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. Band members are: Axl Rose, vocals, Slash, lead guitar, Izzy Stradlin, rhythm guitar, Duff McKagan, bass guitar, Steven Adler, drums.

Foreigner, original band, join current lineup in celebration of new album, Double Vision: Then And Now

(Updated Novemer 15, 2019) Foreigner released a reunion lineup of a live performance of "I want to Know What Love Is".  Released November 15, the video is from their new album package, Double Vision: Then And Now. (Check these pages for update. Above is classic original with Lou Gramm. Scroll page for a reunion version from 2017.)

The new album was filmed in the fall of 2017, over two nights at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Foreigner return to the road in January 2020 for three shows with The Nashville Symphony, and then on to their Las Vegas residency, January 24.

Current band, includes founder Mick Jones, guitar, Kelly Hansen, vocals, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, bassist Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein, keyboards; guitarist Bruce Watson, and Chris Frazier, drums.  (Below is reunion version from Soaring Eagle live performance, 2107. Which version do you prefer?)

Foreigner, the English-American rock band formed in New York City in 1976, when American rock vocalist Lou Gramm, joined with Brits Mick Jones, Ian McDonald, and Dennis Elliot. The band's debut album Foreigner released March 1977, and sold more than four million copies. The lp remained in the Top 20 of the Billboard charts for a year, with such  hits as "Cold as Ice, and "Feels Like the First Time."

Classic original Foreigner lineup included, Mick Jones, guitar, Lou Gramm, vocals, guitar, woodwinds Ian McDonald, Ed Gagliardi, bass, Dennis Elliott, drums, Al Greenwood, keyboard.    

Above. Classic Circus Magazine image, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, and Mick Jones, December 25, 1979 edition.  Circus Magazine, upon the release of "Hot Blooded" commented that Lou Gramm had a voice that Robert Plant might envy.

In other Foreigner news, the current band will take on the Las Vegas Strip, with an exclusive headlining residency at The Venetian Theatre inside the resort of the same name, beginning Friday January 24, 2020. All shows begin at 8.00 pm. A second round of residency follows for five nights in April.

Prices for the Las Vegas shows start at $49.95, plus applicable fees.  

Ozzy Osbourne, insists he's not dying. Releases video statement on health, and tours 

(October10, 2019) Ozzy Osbourne is bored stiff, insists he's not dying, and continues to recuperate from a bad fall, a few months ago.

In a video shared on his social media accounts, the 70 year old Prince of Darkness reveals he's been placed on bed rest by his doctors following the accident.

His Ozzness announced the European leg of his No More Tours 2 will be postponed, again. "I'm not dying," he told his viewers, “it's just taking a little bit longer than everyone thought it would.

"I’m not retiring. I've still got gigs to do. But when I do come back on an American tour, I wanna be one hundred per cent ready to come out, and knock your fucking socks off.”

The rescheduled North American tour dates, which kick off in May 27, 2020 in Atlanta, and concluding July 31 in Las Vegas are set to go, Osbourne said. No dates have yet have been announced for the re-re-scheduled European leg of the tour. Recover, regain health speedily, rest up, Ozzy Osbourne. We love you, and want to see you on the road.

Debbie Harry,  Blondie   vocalist's memoirs released. Talks of sex, drugs, punk rockers  

Debbie Harry Blondie 

 Above.  Debbie Harry, vocalist for Classic Rock band Blondie featured on the cover of Circus Magazine, January 21, 1981 edition.

(October 1, 2019) In "Face It," her memoirs, Debbie Harry recreates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where she, with Blondie, played alongside everyone from The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

Harry relates of the time in 1977 when David Bowie ... " pulled out his cock, as if I was the official cock checker ... . David's size was enormous, of course, and he loved to pull it out for men, and woman. It was so ... sexy."

Debbie Harry, with Blondie hit it big in the late 1970s with hits like "Heart of Glass, and "Call Me".

Harry takes readers from the New York underground to global super stardom, and the creation of some of the most beloved rock songs of all-time.

Debbie Harry posted on her website:

“There are many more stories for me to tell; some funny, some scary, some warm, some chill to the bone and if FACE IT appeals to people then I will get to telling more of the anecdotal bits of the story of Blondie – like the time I met Rita Hayworth and Penny Singleton backstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

"I’m prepared for the best and the worst comments, much like when I have released an album or done a big show. I don’t have a thick skin, but I do have a pretty good sense of humor. "

Debbie Harry, and guitarist Chris Stein, her lover formed Blondie in 1974. The band became regulars at CBGB's, the legendary New York City rock music club.

"Face It" is published by Dey Street Books, Harper Collins.

 David Lee Roth takes on Las Vegas residency in January 2020

David Lee Roth

(September 23, 2019) It seems like every major Rock Band from Def Leppard, Aerosmith to Kiss have set up extended residency on the Las Vegas Strip. Now David Lee Roth, former frontman for Van Halen, announced a residency at the House of Blues, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Diamond Dave will rock Vegas January 8, 10, 11, and March 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28, 2020. In a press release, Roth stated, “A weekend with me is interactive way beyond just music. It starts with the best food on earth. The fellas smoke their three cigarettes for the year, and we all stay up way past our bedtime!”

Diamond Dave fans are hoping Roth will turn this residency into a warm-up for a rumored, much anticipated, and wished for Van Halen reunion, Summer 2020 tour.

David Lee Roth Circus Magazine Cover Image

Above. Cover image, David Lee Roth, Classic Circus Magazine edition, February 28, 1983

Beatles Abbey Road Box Set reissued in celebration of its 50th anniversary

Above. Abbey Road the iconic street crossing with all four lads walking. L. to r. John, Ringo, Paul, and George. Note the Beetle Bug auto, far left in photo

(August 24, 2019) A Deluxe Box Set of Beatles Abbey Road with 17 tracks newly mixed in stereo 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos. The Box Set also features 23 session recordings, and demos, previous unreleased. Abbey Road was reissued September 27, 2019.

Abbey Road, now follows the expanded editions of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band, and the White Album.

Queen celebrates 1 billion YouTube views. Release remastered original Bohemian Rhapsody

(August 03, 2019) Queen is celebrating more than one billion views the 1975 hit "Bohemian Rhapsody." The song made history as the first pre-1990s music video to reach the one billion mark on YouTube. To celebrate, Queen uploaded the remastered version as it was originally intended.

Queen, the British band formed in London in 1970. The classic line-up consisted of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

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

(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.


Jimi Hendrix


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, w0hich 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 Stones, Dave 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.

(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.

Seeing the first edition going to “bed” was a nightmare. I was at the printing plant as a means of micro managing, I suppose. Making sure there would b e no last minute glitches, or emergency phone calls.

When we finally got on press, late at night, and the last job of the shift, I looked up, and saw the pressman man running on top of the gigantic press machinery.

The press kept moving, as paper was fed in for inking, with the pressman in pursuit on top, overseeing the right holes fit into the correct grooves. What a frightful sight, as he could have been trapped in this labyrinth of machinery.

Back in the office, two camps arose, in our editorial process. One which favored lampooning artists and, the other to stay the course with a strict music appreciation line. Bruce Gedman strongly favored the strict music appreciation point of view, with criticism left to the record reviews. He was adamant about this, and thankfully so.

We could have drifted off to a less than serious rock, and pop publication. From the onset, several writers, and critics praised the magazine for taking the music seriously. I tended to lean towards a less than serious point of view. But Bruce held to his viewpoint. In a way, Circus Magazine, as it evolved over the years owes its approach to rock music to Bruce Gedman.

Hullabaloo Second Issue

Issue #2. Cover photo  (l. to r. ) Mick Jagger, Keith  Richard, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones. Brian Jones    passed away tragically on July 03, 1969, aged 27. He was founder, and original leader of The Rolling Stones.

Bruce was the kind of guy who felt the music, and sought out the right people for us to be in contact with. Among these music people was Nat Weiss, who dealt with Brian Epstein, who managed the Beatles. Bruce was quick to set up a dialogue with Nat, who had many contacts in the music biz.

So on we march to the second issue, which was tighter, and more focused in my opinion.  The Rolling Stones  in an incredible, cover story with great photos,  the Beach Boys,   Dave Clark 5, Paul Revere, and the Raiders, Donovan, among our interviews. With all this, we launched The Adventures of Gedman, a music column by, you guessed it, Bruce Gedman.

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The cover story remains a mystery to me. Were those photos by Linda Eastman, who soon became Linda McCartney? Who wrote the piece? The author starts off that he received a phone call from me, assigning him to this Stones project, but never identifies himself. No photo credits appear on the pages.  Hm-mmm!  

Stay tuned. Circus Magazine History to be continued.

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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."

Read History of Circus Magazine by Steven Ward

Read "A Love Letter To Circus, The Magazine That Made Me Dirty" by A.J. Daulerio on Deadspin 

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