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Brian Jones Rolling Stones Founder, Guitarist May Have Been Murdered Back in 1969, Daughter Believes. Wants Police To Reopen Investigation
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 in1969. 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 conviced 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.
Metallica Release Rained on "Master of Puppets" Performance
Metallica are trekking through Europe this summer. The heavy metal band breaks their overseas’ tour season with a date in San Francisco, September 06, and 08 at Chase Arena; then, on to Australia for the fall leg of their tour.
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.
Rolling Stones No FilterTour Resumes Across USA With Huge Video Screens, Bringing Jagger, Richards Up Close. Younger Brother Says Mick Almost Died Before Surgery
Start them up! The Rolling Stones Tweeted from Chicago the morning of June 21: "Morning Chicago! We can't wait to see you at Soldier Field later today - please remember do not bring bags in to the stadium. If you have to only clutch bags - max 6.5"L x 4.5"H / clear tote bags max 12"L x 6"W x 12"H / 1 gallon resealable clear plastic storage bags are allowed."
At a sold out Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago on June 21, and 25 Mick Jagger danced, gyrated, and ran up, and down a huge 104 foot catwalk jutting into the audience singing the tunes they wanted to hear. Accompanied by bandmates Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts The Rolling Stones resumed their No Filter Tour across the USA.
(Photo. Left to right. Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards. Tweeted by @SoldierField June 21)
Jagger and Company are ready to rock & roll, after Mick's successful heart valve surgery several weeks back.
Last week,Jagger told a Toronto radio station Q107 audience: "Been rehearsing a lot lately in the last few weeks … This morning [I did] a bit of gym. Nothing crazy. Then I go into rehearsal with the rest of the band.”
With the rescheduled, resumed tour kicking off Friday, June 21 at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL, Mick added that the band is coming up with “stuff we haven’t done before.”
He assured fans The Rolling Stones will honor fan favorites. “The favorites, ones people like to hear, you know, ‘Paint it Black’, ‘Honky Tonk (Women’), and ‘Satisfaction’.
The 75 year old rocker revealed he still likes touring, but doesn’t tour twelve months out of the year, any longer. “When you’re young, that’s what you do. I spend three or four months on the road in a year, and that seems to be a good balance.”
Mick has kept fans totally informed with updates on his recent health scare. A month-and-a-half after successful heart valve surgery,Sir Mickposted on Instagram, and Twitter a 22-second clip of his stylish dance moves in a New York dance studio. A couple of weeks earlier Jagger posted on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself, captioned simply, "A walk in the park!"
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.
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 had 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."
Dates for the North American tour will resume with two performances at Chicago’s Soldier Field, June 21 and 25, and at Oreo -Medonte Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, June 29. These three dates were scheduled before Jagger’s health emergency. Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored. No exchanges are necessary. Tour wraps up August 31at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Click here for complete No Filter tour dates.
Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness To Defend Rock Music as King Thrash in 2020 Trolls World Tour Movie
Ozzy Osboune’s fans breathed a sigh of relief with the announcement that the Prince of Darkness will be heard as the King of the Trolls in the new animated movie Trolls World Tour, to release April 2020.
The 70 year old iconic rock master suffered a series of hospitalizations earlier this year, which forced cancellation of 2019 tour dates. (Scroll down page for more on this health scare, and rescheduled tour dates for 2020.) But with the new movie role, loyal fans are elated Ozzy is now doing quite well, health wise.
His Ozzness will be the voice of movie’s villain, King Thrash, leader of the rock trolls, who with his daughter is intent on destroying all other forms of music, so that rock and roll will reign supreme. Music in the DreamWorks trailer features Ozzy’s "Crazy Train,” as well as " "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions, and Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence.”
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 megadeth.com 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
(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
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
Elton John's "Rocketman" Opens to Mixed Reviews. Exceeds $100 Million in Gross Box Office Sales in First 10 Days
Fantasy film musical "Rocketman " chronicles the life of Elton John, real name Reginald Dwight, from the time he was a young, shy, prodigy piano player in 1960s London, through through the rock icon's rise to stardom.
The film opens with actor Taron Egerton , as Elton John walking into rehab group therapy, and declaring himself to be an alcoholic, cocaine addict, sex addict, etc. From here, "Rocketman " flashes back to key moments in Elton’s life, as a Rock Opera Musical of sorts, with song and dance highlighting the emotional ups, and downs.
Though critics offered mixed reviews, Paramount Pictures announced box office ticket sales of $100 Million in 10 days, while hoping for a rise is sales, before theatrical release is complete.
Some industry insiders suggest "Rocketman " is unlikely to match the enormous financial, and critical success of the Queen movie "Bohemian Rhapsody," which made more than $900 million worldwide.
Facebook friend, Eddie Burns summed it up best, I think, with this review. Thanks Eddie.
I'm listening to "Elton John's Greatest Hits vol 2," as I felt it would be the perfect music to accompany the writing of this review. " Rocketman : The story of Elton John as told by Elton John."
I must tell you that musicals aren't my thing. Not usually. That simply didn't apply during Rocketman . I cried, I laughed, I felt triumphant for Elton at times. The movie was made that well. If I only had an opportunity to say one thing about this movie, it would be this. After you watch it, you will know Elton John, personally.
I've heard some fans mention the chronological flaws in the movie. I must point out that these are, in fact, not flaws. Sir Elton simply took his library of songs and explained how he felt at certain points of his life and his career. Funny how a writer's songs can play out years after being written.
I give this movie a solid ten. A very clear statement of Elton's view and feelings of his ride to fame and fortune. If you are a true fan, do not delay. Go see this movie. - Eddie Burns
Debbie Harry, Blondie Vocalist's Memoirs Set for October 1 Release
Above.Debbie Harry, vocalist for Classic Rock band Blondie featured on the cover of Circus Magazine, January 21, 1981 edition.
In "Face It," the title of her Memoirs,Debbie Harry recreates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where she, wi th Blondie, played alongside everyone from The Ramones , Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
With all the grit, grime and glory recounted in intimate detail, Harry takes readers from the New York underground to global superstardom, 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.”
"Face It" will be published by Harper Collins.
Iron Maiden Release Live Video of Flight of Icarus. Announce Summer Schedule of Legacy Tour
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.
Bruce Dickinson, and Iron Maiden will kick off The Legacy Of The Beast tour for the US, Canada and South America this summer. The first show is scheduled for BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, July 18.
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.
Classic Rock & Roller Alice Cooper Announces Summer Schedule for "Ol' Black Eyes is Back" Tour
Marking the 50th anniversary of Alice Cooper's 1969 debut album, "Pretties for You" the Godfather of Shock Rock sets USA summer tour schedule.
After these USA shows, Alice Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Furnier , heads for an expanded European leg, beginning August 21 in Aarburg , Switzerland. Above .
The classic Alice Cooper group lineup consisted of (Alice Cooper) Furnier , lead guitarist Glen Buxton , rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway , and drummer Neal Smith . For tour dates click here
Ozzy Osbourne Has Rescheduled UK, and European No More Tours Dates Beginning January 31, 2020
Feeling better all the time now, Ozzy Osbourne announced he has resheduled tour dates for the UK, and Europe. The Prince of Darkness, was forced to postpone his entire 2019 tour after falling at home last mon th when he tripped in the middle of the night on the way to his bathroom to urinate.
His Ozzness 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 run at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, on January 31, and wrap up with a set at Zurich’s Hallenstadion on March 16.
Ozzy recently tweeted: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe for these shows. Thank you to all the fans for sticking with me and waiting for the new dates to be announced. I can’t wait to see you all next year.”
Judas Priest, confirmed they will tour with the former Black Sabbath vocalist for the 2020 concerts. Click Here for tour dates
Def Leppard, Lynard Skynard, Guns 'n Roses Top Exit 111
Exit 111, is the new rock music festival making its debut, October 11-13. The Great Stage Park, in Manchester, Tenn will host the event.
U.S. deejay and radio personality, Eddie Trunk hosts. Headlining the shows, are Def Leppard , Lynard Skynard , and Guns 'n Roses. See poster above for full schedule of rock groups.
Slayer joins the lineup on Friday, October 11, which will be the last time the band will appear in Tennessee. Slayer is currently on a Farewell Tour 2019.
Rush Announce Release for “A Farewell To Kings” Graphic Novel on 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 bir th , 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.
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 went on sale from 10am PDT, April 12.
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, was followed May 18 in Houston at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. May 19 the Austin360 Amphitheater hosted 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.
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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.
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Celebrating The Dirt, Motley Crue Biopic. Album Debuts at Number 10 on Billboard Top 200 Chart
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
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" wi th guitarists Reb Beach, and Joel Hoekstra , bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Michele Luppi , and drummer Tommy Aldridge.
Monkees Peter Tork : February 13, 1942 - February 21, 2019, Passes Away at 77
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
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 wi th 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.
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 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 aspulp 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 be 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 wi th 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 .
Issue #2. Cover photo(l. to r. ) Mick Jagger, KeithRichard, 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.
The cover story remains a mystery to me. Were those photos byLinda Eastman, who soon becameLinda 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.
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."