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BREAKING Classic Rock  Music News! Week Ending April 27, 2019

Def Leppard, Lynard Skynard, Guns 'n Roses Top Acts at Exit 111 Festival

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Kiss’ Paul Stanley Reveals He Pursued Fame To Compensate for Feelings of Insecurity 

Kiss Paul Stanley Paul Stanley tells journalist Dan Rather that he pursued “fame as a way to compensate for a lot of insecurities.”

The interview transpires on the veteran TV journalist’s show, The Big Interview.

"I was born deaf on my right side,” Kiss vocalist went on, “and I had a birth defect. I had what's called a Microtia, which is basically not having an ear, having a crumpled mass of cartilage. … When you have something physical that sets you apart from people, it makes you really the target of unrelenting scrutiny and sometimes ridicule. …

"Quite honestly, for me, the idea of becoming famous was a way to push it in people's faces and go, 'You see? You should have been nicer to me.” The program airs April 23 on AXS TV

Rush Announce Release for “A Farewell To Kings” Graphic Novel of the Making of Their Fifth Studio Album


The Rush authorized graphic novel will be released September 10, 2019. The 144 page graphic novel was created by the Fantoons animation studios, with guidance, and input from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, and album producer Terry Brown, who wrote the forward.

Rush, the Canadian Band is Neil Peart, drums, lyricist, Geddy Lee, bass, keyboards, and lhead vocalist, and and Alex Lifeson, guitar. Released in 1977, “A Farewell to Kings” is the band’s fifth studio effort. The album contains their first significant U.S. radio hit, "Closer to the Heart," earning them gold album status.

The epic, fully authorized graphic novel, chronicles the birth, production trials, and triumphs for Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece, with tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’, David Calcano, and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero.

"The Making of Farewell to Kings" is currently available for preorder from the band’s official RushBackstage, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

When officially released September 10, 2019 the graphic tome will be available at all fine booksellers and comic book shops.

AC/DC in Recording Studio for New Album, While Rumors Persist of 2020 Tour With Brian Johnson


For those about to rock, we salute you, AC/DC is back in the recording studio. This has been confirmed by the legendary rock band’s producer, Mike Fraser. Their long time producer, Fraser has produced the last five Studio Albums.

On social media, he shared a recent 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.”

Uncomfirmed reports are the new album will include unsused tracks by late guitarist Malcom 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.

The rumors get hotter. According to Eddie Trunk, U.S. hard rock talk show host, the band will be joined by Brian Johnson for a 2020 tour.

So far there has been no official announcement from AC/DC.

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

"Shut Up, and Kiss Me." Whitesnake Launch Their Flesh & Blood World Tour


"Thank You, Newkirk, Oklahoma!!!," David Coverdale tweeted after their debut live performance. "Not too shabby for a first night...A 1,000 Thanks For Your Hospitality!!!"
Whitesnake launched its 2019 Flesh And Blood World Tour with two shows in Oklahoma in mid-April. 

The band debuted five songs from their new album. Gonna Be Alright", "Get Up", "Hey You (You Make Me Rock)", "Trouble Is Your Middle Name", and the lead single "Shut Up & Kiss Me."

The long awaited new studio album “Flesh & Blood” is set for a May 10 release. This album is the band’s first collection of original material since 2011’s "Forevermore".
Vocalist David Coverdale is joined on the "Flesh and Blood" with guitarists Reb Beach, and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Michele Luppi, and drummer Tommy Aldridge.

Aerosmith's "Deuces Are Wild" in Residency Now through July 9


Aerosmith debuted their "Deuces are Wild" concert with early classics, "Mama Kin," "Back in the Saddle," and "Sweet Emotion,"  in Las Vegas residency at MGM's Park Theater.  Later at center stage, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry sat for acoustic versions of "Hangman Jury," and "Seasons of Wither."

Perry then sang a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Stop Messin' Around."
"Deauces are Wild" featured their big hits, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and ended with "Dream On," and "Walk This Way."

In August, the hard rock band plays three East Coast cities, and then returns to Las Vegas in September.

Aerosmith "Deuces Are Wild" Opening Night Set List:
1. "Train Kept 'A-Rollin"
2. "Mama Kin"
3. "Back in the Saddle"
4. "Kings and Queens"
5. "Sweet Emotion"
6. "Hangman Jury"
7. "Seasons of Wither"
8. "Stop Messin' Around" (Fleetwood Mac cover, Joe Perry on vocals)
9. "Cryin'"
10. "Livin on the Edge"
11. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
12. "Love in an Elevator"
13. "Toys in the Attic"
14. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
15. "Dream On"
16. "Walk This Way"

"A Walk in the Park!" Mick is Back. Heart Valve Surgery at New York Hospital is Successful.Younger Brother Says Mick Almost Died 

Mick in Park

Sir Mick Jagger, 75, posted on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself, captioned simply, "A walk in the park!" 

Mick wore a dark shirt jacket, blue jeans, and a cap, smiling lightly for the camera.

He was released from New York hospital, a week after successful heart valve surgery.

Mick Jagger’s younger brother Chris, 71, told The Sun, a UK newspaper that Mick might have died if his heart condition hadn’t been detected during his check-up.

Chris added, Mick is doing well. He then compared his older brother's condition to  Joe Cocker’s.

Chris told the publication: "Mick is doing OK. I spoke to him… he’s good. It just showed up on a scan so it could happen to anybody, you know.

"It happened to Joe. He came back from walking the dogs and his wife found him collapsed on the sofa. He had this valve problem." Chris added: "His father died from it. It was hereditary. With Mick it came on a check-up."

Mick Jagger has Tweeted from his hospital room after his operation. "Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better now and on the mend - and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job."

The Rolling Stones tour is scheduled to resume in July. Stay tuned. Updates shortly.

The Eagles Will Perform "Hotel California" Album in its Entirety. First Time Ever Event Scheduled for  September 27, 28 in Las Vegas

The band issued the following statement. "Each concert on September 27 and 28 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will also include an additional set of the band’s greatest hits.”

Tickets for The Eagles "Hotel California" live concert go on sale from 10am PDT, April 12.

Ozzy Osbourne Falls at Home. Hospitalized To Prevent Pneumonia.  Entire 2019 Tour Cancelled 

Ozzy on circus Mag Cover

His Ozzness, will remain under doctor's care in Los Angeles as he recovers from a recent fall. The 70 year old Prince of Darkness sent out the following message, in a statement on Facebook.

"I can't believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. Words cannot express how frustrated, angry, and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now. I'm grateful for the love, and support I'm getting from my family, friends, and fans. It's really what's keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better ... every day ... I will fully recover... I will finish my tour.... I will be back."Ozzy's shows are scheduled to resume February 2020.

Whitesnake Release 13th Album "Flesh & Blood" May 2019. Coincide With World Tour

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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 their April 2019 worldwide tour. 

Read David Coverdale's exclusive interview in Circus Magazine January. 1988 issue. Click here for original pages.

Celebrating The Dirt, Motley Crue Biopic. Album Debuts at Number 10 on Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Vince Neil Teaser

We celebrate The Dirt, Motley Crue Biopic from Netflix in an exclusive interview with Vince Neil from Circus Magazine, April 30, 1988 edition. Headlining it then as Vince Neil, His Most Controversial Interview Ever! Click for complete interview.

Quiet Riot Circus Magazine Classic

Quiet Riot Teaser

Kevin Dubrow speaks candidly about Hard Rock Music, and Fans. Scroll down to read complete interview, and view amazing images. Click here for more

Kiss and GR 1

Test your Rock n' Roll I.Q. Which one is not Kiss. but Circus Magazine editor-publisher Gerald Rothberg?

ZZ Top Begins 50 Year Tour, A Career Milestone

Led Zeppelin Cover

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

Hullabaloo - Peter Tork

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.

Bon Jovi Set To Host Summer 2019 Cruise

Bon Jovi 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 sailfrom 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

Circus Magazine Cover

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.

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 h ead.

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, 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.

(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  

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

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