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Circus Magazine | Rock Music News Free Videos   Original Foreigner Members Reunite With Current Band to Celebrate 40th Anniversary in New Release, Double Vision: Then And Now 

(October 20, 2019) Foreigner will release a reunion lineup of a live performance of "I want to Know What Love Is".  Out November 15, the video will be 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.    

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." 

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.

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.

 Metallica, and SF Orchestra Score Big with S&M2. Watch Videos Below

(September 28, 2019) The Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, made its grand opening, September 6 with the heavy metal rock band, Metallica, and the iconic San Francisco Symphony, in S&M2: 20th Anniversary Concert.

“How fucking cool is this? Having this world-class arena in our backyard,” Lars Ulrich, Metallica’s drummer shouted to a cheering crowd of 18,000. 

If you missed this event, and most of us have, you can catch a one time only October 9 world-wide cinematic release of the concert filmed at the Chase opening September 6, and 8. Opening sequences of S&M2 were conducted by the legendary Michael Tilson Thomas.

Watch Video. Metallica Rained on "Master of Puppets" Live Performance  

Last month, Metallica played a gig in pouring, buckets of rain at Etihad Stadium in Manchester England. Watch their shared professionally shot video of this heavily rained on “Master of Puppets” performance.

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

Ozzy Osbourne Talks About Most Difficult Year of His Life, and His Road To Recovery


 (September 10, 2019) Ozzy Osbourne was guest the other day on Sirius XM's Ozzy's Boneyard. The Prince of Darkness told his friend, and host for the show Billy Morrison, that 2019 “has been one of the fucked up of my life.”

Ozzy was forced to postpone the remaining da tes this year of his No More Tours 2 Farewell. The dates have been rescheduled for 2020.

“I was doing that farewell tour, and it was going great. I was singing better than I've sang, and I was really happy. I went home for a short break and I got two staph infections in two of my fingers. God knows how that happened. That cleared up.

"Then I did the New Year's Eve show at the Forum here in Los Angeles. That was the last gig I did, because the following February, I went for a bathroom break in the night and lost my footing. I hit the deck like a fucking ton of bricks."

"So when I fell down just after New Year's Eve, I was lying there and I said, 'Well, you've fucking done it.' So then I said to Sharon, she goes, 'What are you doing?' It was two o'clock in the morning. I said, 'I think I broke my neck.' She goes, 'Oh, go and get back in bed.' I said, 'No. Call an ambulance."

His Ozzness’ road to recovery was rocky. "It's been one of the most fucked-up years of my life. I broke my neck in January, I had pneumonia, I've had fucking blood clots... It's been an eventful year, to say the least. I have been in such pain this year.”

Osbourne aggravated an old injury, while recovering from a bout of pneumonia. Ozzy was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. After treatment, and several days in hospital, the 70 year old Prince of Darkness sent out the following message, on his Facebook page.

"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 will kick off the rescheduled run at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, UK on January 31, and wrap up with a set at Zurich’s Hallenstadion on March 16.


(Above. Circus Magazine iconic cover image of Ozzy, photographed for the mag by Mark Weiss.)

Judas Priest, confirmed they will tour with the former Black Sabbath vocalist for the 2020 concerts.  (Click Here for tour dates) 

In other Ozzy news, the 70 year old iconic rock master will be heard as the King of the Trolls in the new animated movie Trolls World Tour, to release April 2020.

The Prince of Darkness will be the voice of the movies' villain, King Thrash, who along who with his daughter is intent on destroying all other forms of music, so that rock and roll will reign supreme.

Def Leppard End Thrill-Packed Las Vegas Residency

Listen. Watch. "Die Hard The Hunter" lyrics from Pyromania LP 1983. Def Leppard is vocalist Joe Elliott, one-handed drummer Rick Allen, and guitarists Phil Collen, Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell.

(August 31, 2019) Def Leppard debuted their extended Las Vegas residency last week at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theatre. The 12-day run ended September 7. The Las Vegas audience, was packed with enthusiastic super fans, that ranged from teenager to seniors.

This was their second go at Vegas. The first back in 2013 was at the Hard Rock Hotel. But this time around, Joe Elliott and company return as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, inducted earlier this year in March at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, along with The Cure, Radiohead and Roxy Music.

Queen guitarist Brian May who introduced Def Leppard at the ceremony, remarked, “Not everybody realizes that these guys are not just crowd-pleasers. They also embody such an amazing technical excellence. They have it all.”

The band kicked off their opening Vegas night with a rare treat for fans playing “Die Hard The Hunter,” from their classic Pyromania LP for the first time since 1992.

Vocalist Joe Elliott remarked about the residency … “Being in one place for the best part of a month” … “ adds another element to the experience for both us and the audience.”

Set-List for Def Leppard Las Vegas Opening Night:  1. Die Hard The Hunter 2. Animal 3. Excitable 4. Promises 5. Foolin’ 6. Slang 7. Billy’s Got A Gun 8. Bringing On The Heartbreak 9. Switch 625 10. Let Me Be The One (Acoustic) 11. We Belong (Acoustic) 12. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad (Acoustic) 13. Two Steps Behind (Acoustic) 14. Now 15. Rocket 16. Let’s Get Rocked 17. Hysteria 18. Love Bites 19. Armageddon It 20. Pour Some Sugar On Me 21. Let’s Go (Encore) 22. Rock Of Ages (Encore) 23. Photograph (Encore).

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.

AC/DC Rumors Hotter Than Hell for 2020 New Album, and Tour With Brian Johnson


(August 22, 2019) 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.

This month 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 comes a bright new photo of the band with Brian Johnson. What's more, AC/DC have been spotted 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, Fraser 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.”

Unconfirmed reports are the new album will include unused 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. 

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 no official announcement from AC/DC.

Angus Young AC/DC Circus Magazine

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

Foreigner in Las Vegas Residency Beginning January 24, 2020   Foreigner (August 22, 2019) Foreigner 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.

Current band lineup, 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.  

Prices for the Las Vegas shows start at $49.95, plus applicable fees, and went on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. PT. 

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.

Iron Maiden Kicks off USA, Canada, and South America Leg of Legacy of the Beast Tour


(August 01, 2019) Bruce Dickinson, and Iron Maiden kicked off the first leg of their Legacy USA show, Thursday night, July 18, in Sunrise Florida. The band tweeted: “Thank you Fort Lauderdale… What a way to kick off a tour.”

The set list for that night’s performance was posted online. They didn’t disappoint fans, playing their Classic hits.  Set List July 18, 2019, Sunrise Florida.

1. Aces High

2. Where Eagles Dare

3. 2 Minutes To Midnight

4. The Clansman

5. The Trooper

6. Revelations

7. For The Greater Good Of God

8. The Wicker Man

9. Sign Of The Cross

10. Flight Of Icarus

11. Fear Of The Dark

12. The Number Of The Beast

13. Iron Maiden

14. The Evil That Men Do (Encore)

15. Hallowed Be They Name (Encore)16. Run To The Hills (Encore)

This leg of the Legacy Tour will consist of 44 shows, wrapping up at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile, October 15. A second date was added in Chile, after the initial date sold out six and a half months in advance.

In case you missed it, Iron Maiden posted this live video of Flight of Icarus, their 1983 Classic album.

In a performance filmed during the European stint of Legacy of the Beast Tour, Iron Maiden released a Live Video of the classic “Piece of Mind” track from their Flight of Icarus album.

Brian Jones Rolling Stones Founder, Guitarist May Have Been Murdered Back in 1969, Daughter Believes. Wants Police To Reopen Investigation 

Vintage Rolling Stones 

Seated on grass left to right, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones. Cover photo Hullabaloo, November 1966.  (Mag morphed into Circus Magazine in 1969.)

Brian Jones, Rolling Stones founder, and guitarist had drowned in the swimming pool at his home, Cotchford Farm in Sussex in 1969. The coroner at the time had recorded Jones’ passing as death by misadventure, “drowning under the influence of drink and drugs” at some time in the night of July 2, and or morning of July 3, 1969.

Now, fifty years later his daughter wants a new investigation of facts surrounding her father’s death. Brian Jones daughter, Barbara Marion, a clinical hypnotist from Chicago, has become convinced new answers are necessary, though she never knew if her dad had been aware of her existence.

In an interview with Sky News, the UK news agency, she maintains Brian Jones’ death was no accident. “I think he was murdered, and I think the police did not investigate it the way they should have,” she told Sky News. “I would love to have them reopen it, and to get some answers.”

Marion learned she was Jones’ lovechild in 2002, at the age of 33. Her mother, a model had visited the UK from America in 1968, and admits to having had a fling with the rock star.

  Megadeth Lead Vocalist, Guitarist Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer


Dave Mustaine Megadeth frontman, and guitarist announced on his Instagram account, he has been diagnosed with cancer. He added, the band will cancel its upcoming 2019 concerts, but will maintain presence on the five-day Megacruise this October. What's more, he will still be working in the studio on a follow-up to Megadeth's "Dystopia" album.

Dave posted the following on his Instagram account:

“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.

“Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP

“Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.
“I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more.

“I’ll keep everyone posted.

“See you soon,

Dave Mustaine ”

"Who Knows?" Kiss Frontman Paul Stanley Says Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley May Yet Perform on End of the Road Tour  

Peter Criss

(Vintage photo, Kiss Ace Frehley 16 x 20 inch color pull-out from Circus Magazine, 1975 edition.)

Kiss original drummer, Ace Frehley recently told KATT, Oklahoma's Rock 100.5 radio station, he had not been approached to perform on "End Of The Road" Tour 2019.

"I've offered my services, and they just haven't made the decision to bring me back. And that's okay, because I'm having a lot of fun as a solo artist. But I also am concerned about the fans as well. I wanna give the fans the biggest bang for their buck."

Meanwhile, Kiss front man Paul Stanley recently told Columbus, Ohio's Torg, and Eliott morning show, 96.3 WLVQ. "I have to say that door is open, but it's nothing I contemplate daily. We're 45 shows into a sold-out tour, and it's going to continue. And it's a celebration of everything we've accomplished with our fans... So whatever happens, happens."

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

Kiss Cover Photo

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

The interview took place 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 bir th 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 aired April 23 on AXS TV

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.)

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

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


Thank you, Newkirk, Oklahoma," David Coverdale tweeted after their debut live performance. "Not too shabby for a first night... 1000 thanks for your hospitality!!!" Whitenake launched their 2019 Flesh, and Blood World Tour with two shows in Oklahoma, in mid-April.

Whitesnake played 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” was released May 10. The 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.

Read David Coverdale's exclusive interview in Circus Magazine January, 31 1988 issue. Click here for original pages. xxx

Monkees Peter Tork : February 13, 1942 - February 21, 2019, Passes Away at 77  

Hullabaloo - Peter Tork  

That 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.

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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