BREAKING NOW! Def Leppard will release London To Vegas,two spectacular concert films: Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood, in a Limited-Edition Deluxe Box-set. Release date, April 24. (Watch video below.)
ROCK NEWS:AC/DC rumors explode! Hotter than hell for 2020 new album, and tour with Brian Johnson. (Developing story, stay tuned.)
(Watch. Back in Black the band's 1980 opus certified 25 times Platinum, with sales of more than 25 million, in the United States.
(February 29, 2020) Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman revealed that AC/DC's new album will feature "jaw-dropping Malcolm Young surprises". This information, he says comes from a dinner conversation with his friend Brian Johnson.
Last month Dee Snider. replying to a fan's remark. tweeted, "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.
(Angus Young in the photo above, is often considered one of the world’s top guitarist, and performers.)
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.
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.
Megadeth announce Summer tour with Lamb of God; Dave Mustaine confirms he's 100% cancer free
(February 11, 2020) Megadeth announced a massive North American summer tour to co-headline with Lamb of God. The bands will feature support from Trivium and In Flames. Billed in their press release as the Metal Tour of the Year, the trek kicks off June 12th in Bristow, VA, at the Jiffy Lube Live, and ends November 13th in Reno, NV at Reno Events Center.
Megadeth founder, vocalist, guitarist Dave Mustaine reconfirmed his recovery from throat cancer. "Hello me! I'm back again, better than ever and coming to a town near you with Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames. If you want high octane metal madness this is the tour for you."
(Above. Dave Mustaine in recent Twitter feed stated "I'm back!" informing fans he's 100% cancer free.)
Lamb Of God's Mark Morton said, "The world has never needed heavy more than it does today and top to bottom, this tour delivers! Lamb Of God has toured with and been friends with all of these bands for years, but for all of us to be on the same bill is something extra special. Come early and stay late. This is THE metal tour of the year."
Trivium's Matt Heafy shared his excitement with, "We are happy to be a part of the biggest real metal tour of the year. This tour is the main event and represents heavy metal and the culture that goes with it."
In Flames vocalist Anders Friden added, "We were honored to be asked to join this package. We were actually supposed to take this summer off, but of course we couldn't say no. After playing shows with all of these guys for years, 2020 is going to feel like a kick ass reunion. See you on the road, Jesterheads!"
6/12 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live 6/13 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion 6/14 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater 6/16 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 6/17 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 6/18 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion 6/20 - Holmdel, MA - PNC Bank Arts Center 6/21 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 6/23 - Syracuse, NY - St. Joseph's Heath Amphitheater at Lakeview 6/24 - Providence, RI - Bold Point Lake Amphitheater 6/28 - Burgettstown, PA - S&T Bank Music Park 6/29 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage 7/1 - Detroit, NI - DTE Energy Music Theater 7/2 - Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre 7/3 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Music Center 7/5 - Atlanta, GA - Ameris Music Center 7/7 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion 7/8 - Cleveland, OH -Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 7/10 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL 7/11 - Sgt. Louis, MO - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO 7/12 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium 7/14 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP 7/16 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater 7/17 - Houston, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 7/18 - Irving, TX -The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 7/20 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater 7/21- Phoenix, AZ - Isleta Amphitheater 7/23 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre 7/25 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre 7/26 - Portland, OR - Moda Center 7/29 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre 7/30 - Pocatello, ID - Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre 8/1 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Fall Leg: 10/2 - West Palm Beach, CA - iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre 10/6 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 10/7 - New Orleans, LA - UNO Lakefront Arena 10/9 - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center Arena 10/11 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center 10/14 - Springfield, MO - JOH Arena 10/16 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 10/21 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center 10/23 - Huntington, WV - Mountain Heath Arena 10/24 - Bethlehem, PA - The Wind Creek Event Center 10/27 - Quebec City, QC - CentreVideotron 10/28 - Laval, QC - Place Bell 10/30 - St, Paul, MN - Armory 10/3 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center 11/2 - Omaha, NE - Baxter Arena 11/3 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 11/5 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 11/7 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center 11/10 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena 11/11 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center Arena 11/13 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
The Rolling Stones Start Up No Filter 2020 in USA/CA, and Keith Richards confirms he quit smoking
(Photo. The historic return. Left to right. Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards. Tweeted by @SoldierField, Chicago June 21, 2019)
(February 8, 2020) The Rolling Stones have officially announced dates for their No Filter 2020 North American Tour, a continuation of last year’s stadium shows.
"It's always a pleasure to return to North America, and play for some of the biggest, and best crowds in the world!" said Mick Jagger in an issued statement.
Keith Richards added his own comment. "We had the best time on the road last summer, and we are ready to do it again!"
In an Instagram view February 4, 2020, the band remarked, "feeling restless."
The 15-show summer tour opens in San Diego, CA May 8, and includes stops in Vancouver, Nashville, Dallas, Buffalo, Detroit and Pittsburgh, wrapping up in Atlanta, GA on July 9.
2019 No Filter Tourwas delayed for Mick Jagger's heart valve surgery. When the unstoppable Rolling Stones resumed, they sold out stadiums across the country. "We just want to keep going" Keith Richards said. "Just line us up and get us ready."
The legendary rocker revealed he quit smoking, and hasn't touched a cigarette since last October. “I think both Mick, and I felt that on the last tour we were just getting going,” he explained.
"Cigarettes," Richards said, "are just always there, and you’ve always done it. I just pick ’em up and light ’em up without thinking about it.”
No Filter 2020 Tour Dates:
MAY 2020 08 – SDCCU Stadium SAN DIEGO, CA 12 – BC Place VANCOUVER, BC 16 – U.S Bank Stadium MINNEAPOLIS, MN 20 – Nissan Stadium – NASHVILLE, TN 24 – Circuit of the Americas AUSTIN, TX 29 – Cotton Bowl DALLAS, TX JUNE 2020 06 – New Era Field BUFFALO, NY 10 – Ford Field DETROIT, MI 14 – Cardinal Stadium LOUISVILLE, KY 19 – FirstEnergy Stadium CLEVELAND, OH 23 – Heinz Field PITTSBURGH, PA 27 – The Dome at America’s Center ST. LOUIS, MO JULY 2020
01 – Bank of America Stadium CHARLOTTE, NC 05 – Raymond James Stadium TAMPA, FL 09 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium ATLANTA, GA There will be a special fan presale starting on Wednesday February 12 sign up here to get access. Tickets go on general sale Friday February 14 at 10.00 am (local time).
As a gift to fans, The Rolling Stones are streaming their 1968 classic, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, from their new live package, Bridges To BuenosAires. The video download, is from the last date of their five-night residency at River Plate Stadium in BuenosAires, Argentina, performed April 5, 1998
The song, and album were restored from original master tapes, with audio remixed and remastered from livemulti-track recordings. Bridges To BuenosAiresfeatures a guest appearance by Bob Dylan on "Like A Rolling Stone."
Bridges To BuenosAires 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.
Ozzy Osbourne thanks fans for their support, after revealing Parkinson’s disease diagnosis
Sets February 21 for release of Ordinary Man, first new solo album in 10 years
(Ozzy Osbourne, "Ordinary Man" title track release, features Sir Elton John, piano, and vocals)
(January 27, 2020) In an emotionally charged interview with Good Morning America, Ozzy Osbourne revealed a “mild form” of Parkinson’s disease, diagnosis. The event ensued early last year after he suffered a serious fall his bedroom, in the middle of the night, going to the bathroom to urinate.
His Ozzness, sitting alongside wife Sharron, said it was extremely “hard” to hide his diagnosis from his loyal fans.
“You never feel proper. You feel guilty, y’know. I'm no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore because it's like I'm running out of excuses."
Adding, "I feel better now I've owned up to the fact I've got Parkinson's. And I just hope (my fans) hang in there for me because I need them. I hope (they're not going to leave me). They're my air, y'know."
Ozzy posted on Twitter a short statement to fans: “Thank you all so much for your well wishes. It means the absolute world to me. All my love, Ozzy.”
As for the anticipated Ordinary Man release, the Prince of Darkness said, “It all just came together, Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton (John). When I was writing "Ordinary Man," it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and play piano on the song."
Recorded in LosAngeles, the album includes producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) on bass, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. Beyond the core band, the album features a who’s-who of Ozzy's friends and collaborators including Elton John, Post Malone, and Tom Morello.
Ordinary Man will be available as a standard CD, deluxe CD, black vinyl, deluxe gatefold swirl color vinyl, picture disc and digital album.
In addition, all physical copies of the album will include a unique code that will allow the purchaser to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of more than 300 Ozzy prizes, including an official Ozzy laminate to get into any show on the 2020 “No More Tours 2,” meet and greets with Ozzy, a gift certificate to the global store. Details on the sweepstakes are found at www.Ozzy.com.
“It was a lot of fun to do, though it’s a lot different from my other albums,” the Prince of Darkness says of the album. “We recorded it quickly, which I haven’t done since the first Black Sabbath album. This made it a different process, which I actually enjoyed.”
(January 10, 2020) Remembering Neil Peart Rush Drummer, Lyricist who succumbed to brain cancer at age 67. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans
(Above. Rush, Circus Magazine classic cover image of the band, November 30, 1982 edition. L.to right r:. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson)
Rush Surviving Members, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson Posted on the Band's Website: FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name. Rest in peace brother. Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020
Guns N' Roses crush 1 billion "Sweet Child O' Mine" views
(December 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.
Debbie Harry,Blondievocalist's memoirs released. Talks of sex, drugs, punk rockers
Above.Debbie Harry, vocalist for Classic Rock band Blondie featured on the cover of Circus Magazine, January 21, 1981 edition.
November 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 LosAngeles.
"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.
(August 23, 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 https:// www.geraldrothberg.com are Copyright (c) 2020 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
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.
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, featuring 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 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 trans-Atlantic 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 DidierDelaunoy 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 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.
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 dialoguewith 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."