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Readers' Choice New Songs DownloadMondays, Thursdays. Today's top picks: 1. Rush, Tom Sawyer, Exit Stage Left Version 2. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit 3. RIP Malcolm Young Watch AC/DC Play Last Concert With Malcolm 4. Joan Jett, and the Blackhearts, I Love Rock N' Roll
ROCK NEWSOzzy Osbourne sets February 21 for release of Ordinary Man, his first new solo album in 10 years
Photo Above. Ozzy Osburne, Circus Magazine Cover Image, June 30 1981 edition. Cover photo is by Mark Weiss, who was at the time one of our staff photographers. The Prince of Darkness in a Tutu? When Mark walked into our office, and laid out the 35 mm Kodachrome slides, our editors, and art directors were at first skeptical. But then pushed me to select it as a cover shot. It was the right call, from reader response results, and newsstand sales.
(January 11, 2020) “It all just came together,” His Ozzness talked about the guest stars, on his new album, Ordinary Man. “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.
(Ozzy Osbourne, "Ordinary Man" title track release, features Sir Elton John, piano, and vocals)
Recorded in Los Angeles, 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. All details on the sweepstakes can be 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
AC/DC rumors hotter than hell for 2020 new album, and tour With Brian Johnson
(January 6, 2020)On the eve of having their 1980 opus, Back in Black certified 25 times Platinum, sales of more than 25 million, in the United States, AC/DC are rumored to be poised to launch a 2020 tour, and new album with frontman Brian Johnson.
First off AC/DC has been looking back at Highway to Hell, with social media messages stirring up rumors as they celebrate the album's 40th anniversary. Now, Dee Snider, Twisted Sister replying to a fan's remark, "If only there were enough tracks for a full album, tweeted, "What are you talking about. There are ... I know."
What's more, Snider tweeted back to a fan's question if one of the classic AC/DC members was sick: “He died. RIP Malcolm Young. But all four surviving members have reunited WITH tracks recorded by Malcolm while he was still alive.
Malcolm‘s nephew Stevie Young is replacing him (he’s done this a couple of times before). It’s as close as you can get to the original band. @acdc”.
Adding more fuel to the flames. new photos of the band with Brian Johnson, have cropped up. AC/DC have been spotted in the recording studio. This has been confirmed by the legendary rock band’s producer, Mike Fraser. Their long time producer, Fraser produced the last five Studio Albums.
(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.
The Rolling Stones release live performance video of 1968 classic Jumpin' Jack Flash
(January 2, 2020) The Rolling Stones are streaming their 1968 classic, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, from their new live package, Bridges To Buenos Aires. The video download, is from the last date of their five-night residency at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, performed April 5, 1998
The song, and album were restored from original master tapes, with audio remixed and remastered from live multi-track recordings. Bridges To Buenos Aires features a guest appearance by Bob Dylan on "Like A Rolling Stone."
Bridges To Buenos Aires is available in DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, digital video, limited edition blue translucent 180gm triple vinyl, and digital audio. The colored blue vinyl three lp set currently sells for $52.99.
Guns N' Roses crush 1 billion "Sweet Child O' Mine" views
(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.
Foreigner, original band, join current lineup in celebration of new album, Double Vision: Then And Now
(Updated December 15, 2019) Foreigner released a reunion lineup of a live performance of "I want to Know What Love Is".Released November 15, the video is from their new album package, Double Vision: Then And Now. (Check these pages for update. Above is classic original with Lou Gramm. Scroll page for a reunion version from 2017.)
The new album was filmed in the fall of 2017, over two nights at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Foreigner return to the road in January 2020 for three shows with The Nashville Symphony, and then on to their Las Vegas residency, January 24.
Current band, includes founder Mick Jones, guitar, Kelly Hansen, vocals, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, bassist Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein, keyboards; guitarist Bruce Watson, and Chris Frazier, drums. (Below is reunion version from Soaring Eagle live performance, 2107. Which version do you prefer?)
Foreigner, the English-American rock band formed in New York City in 1976, when American rock vocalist Lou Gramm, joined with Brits Mick Jones, Ian McDonald, and Dennis Elliot. The band's debut album Foreigner released March 1977, and sold more than four million copies. The lp remained in the Top 20 of the Billboard charts for a year, with such hits as "Cold as Ice, and "Feels Like the First Time."
Classic original Foreigner lineup included, Mick Jones, guitar, Lou Gramm, vocals, guitar, woodwinds Ian McDonald, Ed Gagliardi, bass, Dennis Elliott, drums, Al Greenwood, keyboard.
Above. Classic Circus Magazine image, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, and Mick Jones, December 25, 1979 edition. Circus Magazine, upon the release of "Hot Blooded" commented that Lou Gramm had a voice that Robert Plant might envy.
In other Foreigner news, the current band will take on the Las Vegas Strip, with an exclusive headlining residency at The Venetian Theatre inside the resort of the same name, beginning Friday January 24, 2020. All shows begin at 8.00 pm. A second round of residency follows for five nights in April.
Prices for the Las Vegas shows start at $49.95, plus applicable fees.
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 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.
(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, 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 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 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."