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Circus

Circus was a monthly American magazine devoted to rock music. Founded as Hullabaloo, with a name change to Circus in 1969, it was published from 1966 to 2006. In its heyday the magazine had a full-time editorial staff that included some of the biggest names in rock journalism, and its circulation rivalled that of Rolling Stone and Creem.

Jimi Hendrix #2

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, March 1969

PART TWO of my rap with Jimi Hendrix was concluded just before the elections in November. It is interesting to compare Hendrix's concepts of America ...

Steppenwolf: John Kay #3

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, March 1969

Part Three of the interview with Steppenwolf's John Kay. ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSNY: Flying Freely

Report and Interview by Lenny Kaye, Circus, March 1970

THORNTON WILDER once wrote a book called The Bridge at San Luis Rey, where he followed back the lives of the victims of a bridge ...

Johnny Cash Walks The Line...

Profile by Danny Goldberg, Circus, March 1970

JOHNNY CASH the Misfit: Drug induced and being busted for possession of benzedrine at the Mexican border happened long after he had made a name ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Quicksilver Does A Quickchange

Retrospective and Interview by Lenny Kaye, Circus, March 1970

ON THE NEW Year's Eve separating 1968 and its successor, the Quicksilver Messenger Service played a farewell concert at Fillmore West. Looking back at the ...

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, March 1970

IN RECENT weeks, Led Zeppelin's records have sold better than both the Beatles' and the Rolling Stones', according to Billboard Magazine's charts. And the reason ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: The Flying Burrito Brothers

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Circus, March 1970

WHAT IS the world coming to when the Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Grateful Dead get cut to pieces by a ...

Doug Kershaw: Crazy Cajun Fiddler

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1970

DOUG KERSHAW, before his current tour was primarily known as "the guy who was on the Johnny Cash Show the same night that Dylan was ...

James Taylor: The Saga of Sweet Baby James

Profile by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, May 1970

"Goodnight you moonlight ladies Rock-a-bye Sweet Baby James" ...

Neil Young: His Solo Odyssey

Profile by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, June 1970

"MAYBE SOME group will come along and be big, you know, but who cares. It's just happened so many times now," said Neil Young in ...

The Youngbloods: Youngbloods Leave Live

Report and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, June 1970

THE YOUNGBLOODS have split from RCA, leaving behind a live album, Ride the Wind, which fulfills their contractual obligations to RCA and have begun their ...

Van Morrison: Egotistical and Brilliant

Profile by Danny Goldberg, Circus, June 1970

VAN MORRISON has finally begun to get his due. Finally is a pretty strange word to use with someone who is not yet twenty-five, but ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott the Hoople Causes Hoopla

Review by Bud Scoppa, Circus, July 1970

LISTENING TO A "sounds from England" segment on a local FM station several months ago, there was, surprisingly, what sounded like an outtake from the ...

Jethro Tull: A Subtle Acceptance

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, July 1970

A LITTLE OVER a year ago, Jethro Tull made their first appearance in America. The result was slightly less than overwhelming. No fanfares went up, ...

Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

Review by Bud Scoppa, Circus, July 1970

IT'S BECOMING increasingly obvious that Rod Stewart is an unusually gifted singer and writer. His new album, Gasoline Alley, even more than his first solo ...

The Faces: From Pop to Euphoria

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Circus, July 1970

CROWD SOUNDS from the English Soccer Championship [actually the FA Cup Final replay – RBP Ed. and Chelsea fan!] flooded the fourteenth floor of New ...

The Moody Blues: Gentle, Smooth and Nice

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Circus, August 1970

THE FIVE RATHER dapper looking musicians on the Fillmore East stage began a song, and some members of the audience craned their heads to look ...

The Byrds are Amazingly Graceful

Report and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Circus, September 1970

STUDIO B IS down the stark fluorescent-lit hall of the CBS Hollywood arsenal. Past the snack bar with its dozen vending machines, it is beyond ...

Melanie: Festivals: Powder Ridge A Ball Anyway

Report by Danny Fields, Circus, October 1970

Let me take you down Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields Nothing is real Nothing to get hung about Strawberry Fields forever Strawberry Fields forever ...

Kris Kristofferson: The Road From Rhodes

Profile and Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, October 1970

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON looks his songs. He looks as if he's been where he sings about and not surprisingly, he has. Now thirty-four, the singer has ...

Savoy Brown: Lookin' In, Lookin' Out

Profile and Interview by Dave Marsh, Circus, October 1970

IF THE BRITISH blues scene seems circular, both in terms of the way it has progressed over the last few years and in terms of ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company: What Big Brother Is Up To

Report and Interview by Ben Edmonds, Circus, October 1970

THE EXPLOITS OF Janis Joplin in her post-Big Brother days are inevitably front-page material, but what of the band she left behind? Big Brother & ...

Bernie Taupin, Elton John: Elton John: New Superstar

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, December 1970

ELTON JOHN played the Troubadour in Los Angeles and overnight became an industry superstar. Public relations people, having no personal or professional claim to the ...

Free Are All Right Now

Profile by Ben Edmonds, Circus, December 1970

HARD, THUMPING rock. That's what is coming out of England these days, and if it's a trend that can't very well last too long, at ...

Grand Funk Railroad

Profile by Danny Goldberg, Circus, January 1971

ODDLY ENOUGH, the first question that come to mind writing about Grand Funk Railroad is, why don't people like them? This is followed quickly – ...

Lee Michaels Is Over The Barrel

Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, January 1971

IT WILL COME as no surprise to followers of Lee Michaels that his sound has changed again. On the heels of his most successful album, Barrel, the ...

Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane: Hot Tuna

Report and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1971

"THE JEFFERSON Airplane" Jerry Garcia has said, "are a bunch of crazy madmen. Together, they have their own unique chemistry which is like a very ...

Dennis Wilson, James Taylor: On Location With James Taylor

Report and Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, April 1971

DURANT, OKLAHOMA – James Taylor and Dennis Wilson (drummer of the Beach Boys) were into their sixth week of filming their first movie. The toll ...

Edgar Winter's White Trash: Edgar Winter's White Trash

Review by Danny Goldberg, Circus, May 1971

THIS IS MY pick for the greatest album of the year; it certainly is the most impressive surprise masterpiece to hit the rock scene in ...

Alice Cooper: Love Them To Death

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, June 1971

"WE'RE MERELY the end-product of an affluent society," Alice Cooper is fond of saying. "We enjoy getting on stage and showing the public what their ...

Poco

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Circus, August 1971

POCO IS THE only rock 'n' roll band I've ever seen whose members smile as they sing - it's hard to grin with your mouth ...

Procol Harum: The Problematic Career of Procol Harum

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, August 1971

'Most groups start at the bottom and work their way up,' says Keith Reid. 'But we started right in at the top.' ...

Savoy Brown: Kim Simmonds Makes Savoy Brown A New Group

Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1972

SAVOY BROWN is an oddity in the rock pantheon. Never really disappearing, yet never really together they can be compared most easily to John Mayall. ...

Alice Cooper: Rehearsing at The Fillmore

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Circus, October 1972

2013 NOTE: My photographer Flash and I were in New York City on other business when we heard Alice Cooper was rehearsing his upcoming tour ...

Humble Pie: Lost And Found — The Tasty Tale of Humble Pie's Softest Slice

Profile and Interview by John Swenson, Circus, December 1972

Once upon a time a raunchy shouter named Steve Marriott used to stand shyly in the wings asking if it was time to go onstage. ...

Leon Russell: The Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, December 1972

WHEN LEON Russell took center stage at the Los Angeles Forum the pre-performance excitement had reached Rolling Stone proportions. As unbelievable as it seemed, Russell ...

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road — Elton John Rockets Over The Rainbow

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, December 1973

Running up against Evil Alice and The Rolling Stones, the good spell-caster fights to be head wizard in the Emerald City of rock. ...

David Bowie: Bowie Salutes the Sixties' Stars

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, December 1973

Aiming for his first musical, he abandoned the rock emporiums as quickly as he had arrived. But first, with a fine sense of etiquette, the ...

Gram Parsons Death Mystery

Report by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, December 1973

Gram Parsons: His body disappeared and the story behind it is cloaked in a veil of mystery. Why was it stolen and why was it ...

Lou Reed Stuns Listeners with the Horrifying Story of Berlin

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, December 1973

Confronted by the velvet shadow-master's terrifying movie without pictures, one employee ran from the studio in tears, Julie Christie stayed up all night talking about ...

Mick Ronson, Roxy Music: Mick Ronson: Slaughter On 10th Avenue; Roxy Music: Stranded

Review by Michael Gross, Circus, December 1973

AND WHEN THE kids had killed the man they had to break up the band... almost. Now that the glitter thunder is over, perhaps it'll ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: A Nice Pair — The Pink Floyd LPs That Failed

Overview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1974

They finally became stars on their ninth album, The Dark Side of the Moon, but they were first led around to the dark side of the psyche ...

Allman Brothers Band, David Bowie, Jefferson Starship, Mott The Hoople, The Rolling Stones: The Rock Lovers

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1974

Being a rock star has its advantages, but the spotlight is usually only big enough for one person. Circus took a behind stage look at ...

Maggie Bell, Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin Erect A Kingdom

Report by Stephen Demorest, Circus, March 1974

For months they've laid low in the recording studios preparing their sixth album. But suddenly the whole world was watching as the Christmas season brought them a ...

Johnny Winter: Saints and Sinners: Johnny Winter's Celebration of Freedom

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, March 1974

IN A HUGE Connecticut mansion, the kind reserved for bank presidents -and rock stars, a tall, thin, albino blues player kneeled before a massive fireplace, ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Dylan and The Band Return with Planet Waves

Report by John Swenson, Circus, April 1974

When Dylan took the lid off the box he was hiding in, he made the conditions for peeping in very difficult. Now Bob Dylan doesn't ...

John Lennon: Sanitary Lennon

Report by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, April 1974

AFTER YEARS of the Dylans, the Tim Hardins, the jazz aficionados, and the Elton Johns, almost nothing could shock either the people or the environment ...

Big Star: No Glam, Just Rock and Ram

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus, May 1974

WITHOUT EVEN an ounce of glitter in their cosmetic kit, Big Star is a band that's making it without devices or gimmicks, unless you call ...

Carly Simon, James Taylor: Carly Simon Serves Up Hotcakes

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, May 1974

Carly's new LP offers an intimate peek into the home of one of America's most sought-after and most reclusive couples. ...

Mott The Hoople: A Frantic Mott Struggles To Stay On Top

Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, June 1974

Along with their mushrooming fame came high expectations from a hungry public, and suddenly they were competing against themselves as they face the task of ...

Carl Palmer, Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP's Carl Palmer Exposes The Secret Drum Synthesizer Behind Brain Salad Surgery

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, June 1974

After years of drumming in a variety of hard rocking bands, Carl Palmer decided there had to be more to playing than simply marking time. ...

Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, The Smothers Brothers: Lurching Lennon: Beatle Bounced

Report by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, June 1974

WHAT IS happening to John Lennon? Last month it was the infamous Kotex caper. Recently the former Beatle with the mellow voice was at it ...

Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer: Edgar Winter Unleashes A Superstar Rock Band With Shock Treatment

Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, July 1974

When the Edgar Winter group exploded onto the record charts last year, few people expected the band to emerge as a whole triumvirate of rock ...

Bad Company: Four Of A Kind

Interview by Steven Rosen, Circus, August 1974

PAUL RODGERS is perhaps England's (and America's) most well known unknown. As lead vocalist with Free he developed a small-but-strong following gushing with devotion. But ...

Suzi Quatro: The Teen Queen Of Europe Comes Home

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, August 1974

IN 1971 SHE'D been nowhere – a local bandleader in Detroit who was more a spectacle than a musician. Then she left America. When Suzi ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone Finds Domestic Bliss with Small Talk

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, September 1974

Two years ago, Sly Stone's future looked bleak. Now, after an acclaimed album, a woman, and a son have come his way, Sly's entire life ...

America: Can An English Holiday Revive America?

Review and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, October 1974

LONDON'S SPEAKEASY club shares a bond with New York's Max's Kansas City in that they are both music business hangouts. But where the sickly red ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: T Rex Flashes Light of Love on America

Profile by Michael Gross, Circus, October 1974

EARLY IN 1972, Marc Bolan and T. Rex were the biggest, bestest and baddest rock band in England. Every one of their singles shot instantly ...

The Faces, Ronnie Wood: Ron Wood Romps To A Royal Solo Debut

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, November 1974

IN A SMALL, homemade studio in the depths of Ron Wood's British home, an array of the most famous faces in rock gathered one night ...

Yes: "A Rearranged Yes Says 'No' To Standing Still"

Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, December 1974

JON ANDERSON'S normally composed features clouded, as the mouthpiece for Yes, rock's foremost progressive quintet, recalled with a shudder his first case of critical cold-shoulder. ...

Bad Company Eat Up The Road On Their First American Tour

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, December 1974

THERE WAS THE TIME veteran road manager Clive Coulson saved Led Zeppelin from a stadium riot in Milan, Italy. "Zeppelin was the only English band ...

David Bowie: Bowie Throws A Bone To His 'Dog' Fans

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, December 1974

WHILE HARSHER CRITICS said his music was being lost behind his many theatrical masks, Bowie was planning the live album that would reveal him as ...

Chicago: Is The Most Popular Band In America Handcuffed By Its Fans?

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, January 1975

IN THE FALL of 1974, a small number of groups had multiple album entries lodged firmly in the Top 200 chart of Billboard Magazine, the ...

Roxy Music: An Imperial Roxy Music Move To Rule The World

Profile and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1975

Led by a debonair Disraeli of modern music, Roxy are the most powerful new force out of Britain since David Bowie. Can County Life charm America too? ...

Kevin Ayers' Velvet June 1, 1974

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus, February 1975

CHARACTERIZING Kevin Ayers as a brilliant musician is like saying Jimmy Page is a nice guitar player – both are fairly accurate conclusions if you ...

Bad Company: Paul Rodgers Builds Bad Co. On Ballsy Basics

Profile and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, February 1975

Forceful yet relaxed, Bad Company have left the fads, ego trips and tribulations of the sixties behind, and forged what the self-assured Paul Rodgers calls ...

Ringo Starr: Ringo Waltzes Through Goodnight Vienna

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, March 1975

His first solo album jolted those who had forgotten the placid Beatle with its astounding success, but Ringo's veteran producer likes his new platter even ...

Genesis: Will America Swallow The Lamb? Why Genesis wouldn't chop up The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, March 1975

For years Genesis had dreamed of cooking up a recipe of their most powerful surreal visuals and most mesmerizing music. Yet they feared their ambitious ...

Brian Eno, John Cale, Nico: Eno: The Monkey Wrench Of Rock Creates Happy Accidents On Tiger Mt.

Profile and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, April 1975

One day Eno is going to formulate a theory that will make music melt out of the North Pole (maybe he'll do it with mirrors), ...

David Bowie, Mick Ronson: Mick Ronson: "It's Strange Being On Your Own"

Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, April 1975

WHEN MICK RONSON set down his guitar and stepped out of the London studio where he was serving as "musical director" for lan Hunter's first ...

Queen Swings Both Ways

Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus, April 1975

ACCOLADES SUCH AS "greatest single long-playing achievement since Sgt. Pepper" and "the most important record album ever made" fall over Queen's latest album as easily ...

The Faces: Faces Survive Solo Syndrome

Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, May 1975

The Faces were afraid America might forget them while they were busy getting some individual ambitions out of their system. But their first Stateside tour ...

Jimi Hendrix Makes A Crash Landing From The Phantom Zone

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, May 1975

LATE AT NIGHT, the cluster of rock neophytes bunched around the portals of Steve Paul's famous club, The Scene, would scatter like mice as Jimi ...

Led Zeppelin: Under The Hood – A Backstage Chronicle Of The Historic 1975 Tour

Report by Danny Goldberg, Circus, May 1975

THERE WAS an historic purple aura in the clouds that hung over the audience at Madison Square that evening in February. ...

Rick Derringer: Giddy With Spring Fever

Review and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, June 1975

RICK DERRINGER's Manhattan home reflects nothing that might he called "rock star chic". Though his stereo set-up is large and an acoustic guitar may occasionally ...

Led Zeppelin: The Circus Magazine Interview — Robert Plant: 'I've Always Flown The Jolly Roger, But With A Twisted Smile'

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, June 1975

ROBERT PLANT is rock 'n roll's definitive front man, a lion-maned athlete and beauty who struts and sings the wares of the world's mightiest band, ...

Black Oak Arkansas Kick Up Their Heels In Europe

Review and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, July 1975

SITTING IN a Holiday Inn, not in in Evansville or Bakersfield, but just a few minutes walk from Hyde Park in London, Jim Dandy Mangrum ...

Nils Lofgren: America's Best Native Guitarist?

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, July 1975

STANDING OVER A pool table in A&M Records' New York offices, lining up a shot and then pausing to draw on a cigarette, Nils Lofgren ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Kiss: Stanley Kissed Off At Cult

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, July 1975

THE FLAMING ROCK 'n' holocaust that Kiss brings to the stage has caused many intimidated headlining groups to ban the New York nitro-rockers from appearing ...

The Beach Boys, Chicago: Spirit Of America: A Beach Boys Retrospective

Retrospective by Michael Gross, Circus, August 1975

Never have two monster groups been so united as the Beach Boys/Chicago tandem which is touring America like blood brothers. ...

Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson: Hunter and Ronson Tie The Knot

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, August 1975

IF NEW YORK and Los Angeles are the nerve centers of rock 'n' roll in America, Cleveland is its heartbeat. ...

Pink Floyd: More Gritty, Less Giddy

Report and Interview by Alan Betrock, Circus, October 1975

IT HAS BEEN over two-and-a-half years since the release of Pink Floyd's last album, Dark Side Of The Moon, and yet the hit LP is ...

Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac

Review by Bud Scoppa, Circus, November 1975

FROM LISTENING to Fleetwood Mac, you'd think this once-definitive British blues band was a Southern California pop group – and you'd be right. The three ...

Rod Stewart: Atlantic Crossing

Review by Bud Scoppa, Circus, November 1975

HAPPILY, THAT HORNY, rank, exuberant rascal who romped through Rod Stewart's masterpieces Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells a Story and Never a Dull Moment has ...

Thin Lizzy: 'Fighting' Phil

Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus, November 1975

THIN LIZZY IS more than just your average rock band because Thin Lizzy features The Great Black Hope of rock 'n' roll himself, Mr. Phil ...

The Who: What's Next For The Who

Report by Dave Schulps, Circus, December 1975

"The report of my death is greatly exaggerated"– Mark Twain ...

Jethro Tull: An Interview with Ian Anderson

Interview by Steven Rosen, Circus, December 1975

IAN ANDERSON is not fond of the press; in fact, he dislikes that body intensely. Interviews have misquoted him, misrepresented him and manhandled him. In ...

David Essex: Danger In The Fairground

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, January 1976

"I'VE ALWAYS gone against trying to be something I'm not," says David Essex, the British pop idol who is lounging in a suite of Coventry's ...

Jethro Tull On The Road

Interview by Ira Robbins, Circus, January 1976

"JETHRO RETIRE HURT!" blared the headline in a major British magazine just over two years ago, when a spokesman for the group announced an "indefinite" ...

David Bowie: Station to Station

Review and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Circus, March 1976

DAVID BOWIE, never one to maintain continuity in his work or in his life, has become more elusive than ever in the past year. ...

David Bowie: Bowie Meets The Press: Plastic Man or Godhead of the Seventies?

Interview by Ben Edmonds, Circus, April 1976

AFTER THE BRILLIANT plumage of every previous David Bowie incarnation, the stark black and white figure on the Station to Station stage might have come ...

Rainbow Rising: Ritchie Blackmore Gets It Up

Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus, June 1976

"WE'VE GOT The Rash from Stamford, Connecticut" reveals Mr. Ritchie Blackmore, "we've got Cozy Powell, the finest nonprofessional driver in England. Not to mention me, ...

Aerosmith: Hot 'Rocks'

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, June 1976

Aerosmith's New Yankee Hanky-Panky ...

The Tubes: Tubes at the Garden of Eden: Can They Sell It Out?

Report and Interview by Joel Selvin, Circus, July 1976

THE BICENTENNIAL year has been a busy one for The Tubes, bull goose loonies of the San Francisco rock world. Shortly after ushering in New ...

Marvin Gaye: I Want You (Motown)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Circus, August 1976

MARVIN GAYE, one of the most durable pop presences — his three-record compilation is easily the solidest of Motown's Anthology series — has in recent ...

Andy Pratt: Avenging Andy Rides Again

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, August 1976

THREE YEARS AGO, Andy Pratt had bats in his belfry. Flutter, flutter -you could hear the unrequited passions playing hide-and-go-seek in his psyche. ...

Steely Dan: The Royal Scam

Review by Bud Scoppa, Circus, August 1976

DONALD FAGEN AND Walter Becker don't play by the rules. They won't tour, they won't talk to interviewers, they won't keep a band together — ...

Rufus: The Truth About Rufus

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, September 1976

"I Hate The Blues!" Snaps Chaka Khan ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: Zeus Of Zeppelin: An Interview with Jimmy Page

Interview by Mick Houghton, Circus, October 1976

You're your own record company bosses now with Swan Song, which is a far cry from the days when you were doing sessions for Decca ...

Thin Lizzy: Tonight There's Gonna Be Trouble!

Profile and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, December 1976

Thin Lizzy Stalks the Fury of Fandom. By Wesley Strick ...

Queen: A Day at the Races Is A Self-Made Masterpiece

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, January 1977

IT WAS SOME WEEKS BACK, and Europe's biggest rock band had four months' studio time behind them, and two weeks ahead. "It feels like we've ...

The Bee Gees: The Tide Has Turned

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, January 1977

From Their Home on the Isle of Man, the Bee Gees Return ...

The Sylvers: Something Special

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, January 1977

WHAT'S WRONG with disco music? All my friends hate it, so I know there must be something good about it. They say it's inhuman; I've ...

Rush: A Canadian Rush

Interview by Deborah Frost, Circus, February 1977

A SUBTERRANEAN VOICE growls across the phone wires, hesitates, and growls again – this time more softly. Canadian telephone service might be different, but it's ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers: Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, February 1977

I MAY BE DEFICIENT but somehow I feel grateful for the existence of this Allman Brothers album. Unlike the sodden Win, Lose or Draw, which ...

Brian Eno, David Bowie, Iggy Pop: Bowie Now: New Songs for Day and Night

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, February 1977

THESE ARE the facts:David Bowie's latest album, Low, is two-sided. Side One contains seven crypto-disco tracks, no track shorter than 1:42 or longer than 3:26. ...

Queen: A Day At The Races (Elektra)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, February 1977

OKAY, SO they're effete, flaky, fey. And proud. So what? This (sort-of) sequel (self-produced) to A Night at the Opera reeks of arch naivete. Freddie Mercury warbles ...

Ted Nugent: Free-for-All

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, February 1977

IDI AMIN, Grand Kleagle of the topographic boil of Uganda, has said, in response to world press canards that he's a mere throwback: "I am ...

Queen: The Queen Tapes Part 1: Brian May

Interview by Mick Houghton, Circus, February 1977

Stargazing Guitarist Brian May Turns the Telescope on Himself and Talks About What He Sees ...

Bad Company's Burning Sky

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, March 1977

Rodgers and Ralphs Mix Celestial Magic At Chopin's Chateau ...

Peter Gabriel: Say Goodbye to the Bubble Creature

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Circus, March 1977

BOB EZRIN CALLS him the overkill kid. And it's easy to see why. Right now Peter Gabriel wants to sandwich 16 complicated bars of music ...

Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (Warner Bros.)

Review by Fred Schruers, Circus, April 1977

YOU COULD look it up. After 10 years and a like number of frequently boring albums (some great stuff in there, too), these penguin fanciers ...

Deep Purple: Deeper Shades of Purple

Report and Interview by Deborah Frost, Circus, May 1977

DEEP PURPLE. The name itself was synonymous with the rock genre it perfected; Deep Purple was heavy metal. Unleashing waves of relentless decibels upon worshippers ...

Iggy Pop: The Idiot (RCA Victor)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, May 1977

IN 1974, RAY Manzarek invited Iggy Pop to front for the Doors. It's said that Iggy dyed his hair jet black to suit the part. ...

Iggy Pop's Revenge

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, May 1977

The Return, In Relative Good Health, Of Rocks Ragged Edge ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Love You (Reprise)

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, June 1977

THE BEACH BOYS present the most convincing argument in our entire culture for never growing up. ...

Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck: Jeff Beck & Jan Hammer: More Lively Than Wired

Interview by Fred Schruers, Circus, June 1977

Jeff Beck Explodes With The Jan Hammer Group Live ...

Nils Lofgren: I Came to Dance (A&M)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, June 1977

NILS GOT A haircut. Check the sleek black cover of Lofgren's latest — he looks like a troublemaker. A certified Travis Bickle time-bomb, Nils is ...

Led Zeppelin: The Tour In Progress: Jimmy Plage Files His Report

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, June 1977

ROBERT PLANT comes bouncing into the hotel room in satin blouse, second-skin denims and high-heeled sneakers. "We've got a new Jimmy Page," he crows. "He's ...

Led Zeppelin Plays It For Fun

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, June 1977

Jimmy Page Pauses for a Few Words about Roots, Keith Richards and Zep's Musical Karma ...

Steve Miller: Book Of Dreams

Interview by Don Snowden, Circus, June 1977

STEVE MILLER FOUND himself caught on the horns of a dilemma in 1974. A cult favorite from the first days of the Summer of Love, ...

Bad Company is Mean But Clean as they Roar Through the USA

Interview by Don Snowden, Circus, July 1977

BAD COMPANY'S 1976 American tour was a marathon four month affair that left the British blasters drained of energy and suffering from a severe case ...

Kiss: Love Gun Is a Real Bazooka

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, August 1977

Behind the Scenes of the First Kiss Simulated Concept LP ...

Peter Frampton: Philadelphia Screams for More

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, August 1977

Frampton Previews I'm In You Before 90,000 Expectant Fans ...

Captain, The, and Tennille: The Captain and Tennille: Come In from the Rain

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, September 1977

IT'S TOO EASY to be cynical about the Captain and Tennille. People who pride themselves on being hip and chic find it very convenient to ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Final Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Memoir by Al Aronowitz, Circus, September 1977

I HAD TO talk Miles into going to Jimi's funeral with me. ...

Hall & Oates: Back Together Again

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, October 1977

Hall & Oates Abandon Philly Soul ID, Adopt Heavy Metal Stance ...

Linda Ronstadt Listens To Your Sleep

Interview by Barbara Charone, Circus, October 1977

Simple Dreams Is The Rock Queen's Latest Treasure ...

The Sex Pistols Are Cocked

Report by Wesley Strick, Circus, January 1978

Will Their Punk Madness Spread to the States? ...

Joni Mitchell Meets Don Juan's Reckless Daughter

Report by Wesley Strick, Circus, March 1978

NINETEEN SEVENTY EIGHT is a watershed year for Joni Mitchell; Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (Asylum) is the superlative singer-songwriter's tenth album; its release marks the ...

Elvis Costello is Angry and Convincing: This Year's Model Fulfils Every New Wave Expectation

Profile by Fred Schruers, Circus, June 1978

IT'S 1:30AM IN the Bootlegger Lounge in Syracuse, NY. Elvis Costello, the one with the owlish stare and the spitting mad vocals, the man whose ...

The Scorpions: From Europe To Video Domination

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Circus, August 1985

AFTER SPENDING virtually all of 1984 on the road, rocking fans on four continents, you'd think Scorpions needed a break. So they did, and they ...

The Scorpions: Scorpions: Around the World

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Circus, November 1985

IT TOOK THE Scorpions more than a dozen years to do it, but there now remains no doubt that the Hannover, West Germany-based rockers have ...

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