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John & Yoko – Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus

Photo of the Week – Backstage – The Circus

John & Yoko. With the Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus happening inside, this photo captures a lot of the artists hanging outside. In this picture, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Julian. Rolling Stones Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Keith Moon of The Who, and Eric Clapton of Cream.  Just hanging out, socializing, and taking it all in. 

The Concept of the Rock n Roll Circus

So, the idea behind this ambitious “over the top project” is to have an all-star music concert. Furthermore, Mick Jagger and director Michael Lindsay-Hogg came up with the idea. Which comes into fruition as The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus in December 1968. Originally, this project is for a BBC Special, but the footage goes missing until 1996. The idea behind these performances is to have music acts and circus acts performing together to make the show more surreal. 

The All-Star Lineup

Centering on the original line up of The Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman (with Nicky Hopkins and Rocky Dijon) who serve as both the show’s hosts and featured attraction. For the first time in front of an audience, “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” performs six Stones classics.

The program also includes extraordinary performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, and The Dirty Mac. A ‘super group’ that is composed of Eric Clapton (lead guitar), Keith Richards (bass), Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience (drums) and John Lennon on guitar and vocals.

So, you have trapeze artists, fire-eaters, clowns, acrobats, a tiger, a boxing kangaroo, and a group of amazing musicians coming together to make it happen. As for the critics, they were mixed reviews about the show and a lot of talk of “The Dirty Mac” a super group that most people haven’t heard of. 

Also, this is also the last public performance of Brian Jones with the Rolling Stones. As well as the only concert footage of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi performing as a member of Jethro Tull. During his brief two-week tenure as replacement for Mick Abrahams. 

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