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OZZY OSBOURNE had very major neck surgery Monday June 13 in Los Angeles Hospital that will “determine the rest of his life”

Ozzy Osbourne News in geraldrothberg.com Circus Magazine Rock Music

OZZY OSBOURNE was slated for an operation Monday, that his wife, and manager Sharron Osbourne revealed could determine the future for the 73-year-old Prince of Darkness. Ozzy's surgery is to remove, and realign pins, in his neck and back.

Last month, Ozzy told Classic Rock magazine he’s waiting to have neck surgery as he “can’t walk properly these days”. His Ozzness was referring to the bike accident he had in 2003, which impeded his movement abilities. "I have physical therapy every morning. I am somewhat better, but nowhere near as much as I want to be to go back on the road."

In 2019 the singer fell, was rushed to the hospital for surgery that required 15 screws to be inserted in his spine. He said the surgery left him with nerve damage. In 2020 another major health issue was revealed. Ozzy announced a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. “I’m not dying from Parkinson’s. I’ve been working with it most of my life,” he said.

While convalescing in 2019, he made the album Ordinary Man. The album climbed to his highest-charting solo position reaching No. 3

This is a developing story. We will bring updates as they emerge. Check back with us.


DEF LEPPARD Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums Chart With Diamond Star Halos. The Stadium Tour with MOTLEY CRUE Kicks off June 16, in Atlanta GA

Watch. Def Leppard - "Kick" Official Music Video from new album Diamond Star Halsos

The long awaited The Stadium Tour 2022 Def Leppard/Motley Crue/Poison/Joan Jett & the Blackhearts hits the road June 16. This will be Motley Crüe's first major tour in seven years (following their final world tour in 2014–2015), and Def Leppard's first in four years, while touring in support of their twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos. Watch above video.


IRON MAIDEN To Tour North America in 2022. Start concert date 9/7. (Complete dates below)

IRON MAIDEN will return to North America in 2022, and also bring their Legacy of the Beast World Tour further East into Europe. The show has already been seen by almost two million people across the globe, being hailed by fans as exciting and visually spectacular performance of the band’s career to date.

Vocalist, and frontman Bruce Dickinson posted on social media "I'm really excited about the new additions to the stage production and we can't wait for everyone to see what we've got planned.

"The whole band has really enjoyed the Legacy tour and now we just can't wait get back out on the road to play live, have fun and see everyone again."

Above. Iron Maiden frontman, vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Vintage CIRCUS Magazine cover image January 31, 1985 

Rod Smallwood manager explained what fans fan expect from this new tour leg, "Next summer we will finally get to play the huge European stadium and festival tour for Legacy Of The Beast originally set for 2020.

"The new show will be even more spectacular so after our visit to Rock in Rio early September 2022 we have decided to take it back to our fans in North America and Mexico too, playing in cities or venues we did not get to last time we toured in 2019. We are also adding some of the great cities of eastern Europe we were not initially visiting!

"We'll be making a couple of additions and changes to the production and setlist to include some songs from our new album Senjutsu and are making the 2022 version of Legacy Of The Beast even more spectacular than the acclaimed original show.

" You can be sure that we will still be featuring all the 'hits' and the key elements of the original tour like the Spitfire, Icarus, Hell, flamethrowers and pyro and the rest - but we will shake it up a bit and Trooper Eddie will have serious competition in the new Senjutsu 'world' we are adding."  North American dates below.

IRON MAIDEN 2022 Concrt Tour dates:

9/7 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol (To Be Announced)
9/11 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center (Trivium)
9/13 - Austin, TX - Moody Center (Trivium)
9/15 - Tulsa, OK - Bok Center (Trivium)
9/17 - Denver, CO, Usa - Ball Arena (Trivium)
9/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre (Trivium)
9/21 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center (Trivium)
9/25 - Chula Vista, CA - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre (Trivium)
9/27 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion (Trivium)
9/29 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena (Trivium)
9/30 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena (Trivium)
10/3 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center (Within Temptation)
10/5 - Chicago, IL - United Center (Within Temptation)
10/7 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (Within Temptation)
10/9 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena (Within Temptation)
10/11 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Centre (Within Temptation)
10/12 - Hamilton, ON - Firstontario Centre (Within Temptation)
10/15 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre (Within Temptation)
10/17 - Worcester, MA - Dcu Center (Within Temptation)
10/19 - Belmont Park, NY - Ubs Arena (Within Temptation)
10/21 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (Within Temptation)
10/23 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena (Within Temptation)
10/25 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum (Within Temptation)
10/27 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena (Within Temptation)


"Make no mistake, this is my Farewell tour," WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE insists

WHITESNAKE - "Don't Fade Away" remastered, remixed  Restless Heart 2021 (Official Music Video in HD)

DAVID COVERDALE 70, frontman for WHITESNAKE has announced he will retire for real from touring once the band's 2022 worldwide gigs are completed. The vocalist spoke on the Appetite for Destruction podcast while promoting the newly remastered Restless Heart.

"I planned to retire on the 2020 tour when I was 69. I thought that was the perfect age for the singer of WHITESNAKE to call it a day. But sadly, it was not to be, as we know; other events were in store. So now the t-shirt designs don't resonate as well for 70. But it's mind-blowing to me that I'm preparing my farewell tour. And it is — make no mistake, this is the farewell tour.

"I'm 70. It's a very physically challenging thing for me to do at the best of times. But it's very important for me to achieve completion and to express my appreciation and gratitude to all the people — the millions of people over the years — who've supported me for five decades, fifty years. It blows my mind — it really does." 

Whitesnake cover of Circus Magazine

(Above. From the Vault. Classic, vintage CIRCUS magazine cover image )

"A lot of my peers, and contemporaries are on their 20th retirement tour. I don't intend to plan that," he clarified. "I must explain, though — it's me, just David Coverdale, who's retiring from touring at that level.  But the music of WHITESNAKE will continue. That's most important that people know. I'm just stopping touring at this level — that's it."

Whitesnake released their newly remastered and remixed CD and LP deluxe editions of Restless Heart on October 29, 2021, along with unreleased demos and studio outtakes and a DVD. The DVD includes music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with new interviews from David Coverdale. The set comes with a hardbound book filled with rare and unseen photos from the era.


IN MEMORIUM: ROLLING STONES drummer CHARLIE WATTS dies at 80  USA tour continues

Charlie Watts The Rolling Stones drummer vintage photo Circus Magazine Gerald Rothberg, founder, editor-publisher

CHARLIE WATTS iconic drummer, The ROLLING STONES. The rock band's rhythmic pillar. Born June 2, 1941, Kingsbury, UK. Died August 24, 2021. London, England, UK. (Vintage photo from Hullabaloo/CIRCUS magazine, circa 1966)

(Young Stones. Vintage CiRCUS photo. Mick Jagger left, Keith Richards, center, Charlie Watts, right)

"It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts," a statement from Watts' spokesperson read. Watts recently withdrew from performing in the upcoming Rolling Stones tour because he was recovering from an undisclosed operation.

"He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of the Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time."

THE ROLLING STONES rescheduled 2021 U.S. "No Filter Tour" went forward after CHARLIE WATTS death. Kicked off September 26 

The Rolling Stones went ahead with No Fi\lter Tour dates, which begin September 26, at the Dome, America Center, St Louis MO, and wind up November 20 at Austin, Texas' Circuit of the Americas. 

On August 4, the classic rockers announced that Charlie Watts their beloved drummer of 58 years will sit out the forthcoming tour because of surgery. Watts named Steven Jordan to fill in for him.

To make up for canceled venues, the Classic Rockers have added Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New Orleans.



IN MEMORIAM: Rock stars praise ZZ TOP's DUSTY HILL 

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Brian May, Paul Rodgers, more  salute the ZZ Top legend

In 52 years playing in ZZ TOP, DUSTY HILL missed one show, which was four days before his death. The band's guitar tech Elwood Francis filled in, and remains on the road with ZZ as the band's bassist. 

Dusty Hill died at age 72. According to bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, Hill passed away in his Houston, Texas, home. Hill's image next to Gibbons' is one of the most iconic in rock and roll history.

Rock World share their praise for Dusty Hill on social media:

Ozzy Osbourne Tweeted: Rest In Peace #DustyHill of @ZZTop. My thoughts go out to @BillyGibbons and Frank Beard and all the #ZZTop fans around the world 

Tony Iommi Tweeted: Sorry to hear about Dusty Hill, greatly missed, a crucial part of the unique ZZ Top sound

Bad Company Paul Rodgers Tweeted, and shared backstage photo.

A sad day in rock history. I am gutted to hear about the sudden passing of my friend Dusty. He will be remembered with love. Condolences to his wife Charleen, family and friends. - Paul

The bassist's widow Charleen McCrory on August 2 shared her grief, and love for her husband on ZZ Top's Facebook page:

After 19 wonderful years of marriage that ended too soon, I’ve decided to step out into Dusty’s spotlight to thank all of his fans, colleagues and friends for the overwhelming outpouring of love for The Dust. It makes me hopeful he will not be forgotten.

He was the kindest, most gentle and caring man a woman could ever Hope to find in a lifetime. Many don’t believe in fairy tale marriages but Dusty and I truly lived one! We were inseparable.

He wasn’t supposed to leave me or all of you. That wasn’t the plan he and I had. The plan was for another round of physical therapy, with a different approach, to help his chronic bursitis. The plan was he would return to the second leg of the tour in September.

Early Wednesday morning my world and yours would lose a great musician and I would lose my greatest love. He woke me up and we talked and as he was sweetly chatting with me he suddenly stopped and he was gone in an instant. So, while I feel numb and lost and alone and in a million pieces, I know he will always be with me in my heart and soul and I will join him when the Lord calls me home to be with them. It is my hope you will always keep him in your hearts. He loved his fans and always remembered that without fans music is not heard. So, know he truly appreciated each and every one of you.

Dusty was an avid tv and movie buff…always quoting lines and so I share an embellished quote from “This Is Us” as my last love letter I send with him to his final resting place.

My Sweet Dusty, The single most extraordinary thing I have ever done in my life is fall in love with you. The single most extraordinary gift I have ever received in my life was for you to ask me to marry you. I have never been seen so completely, loved so passionately and protected so fiercely. I will be with you again. Love you to infinity and back. Your wife, Chuck

I will lay my husband to rest tomorrow. I would ask that you look to the heavens at noon and wish Dusty Godspeed.With great love, respect and appreciation to Dusty’s fans, colleagues and friends, Mrs. The Dust 

Upon notification of of his death, the band immediately issued a statement on their Facebook page.

"We are saddened by the news today that our Com padre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX," the post said. "We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the 'Top'. We will forever be connected to that 'Blues Shuffle in C.' You will be missed greatly, amigo."

ZZ TOP will continue rockin': Up-to-date Tour venues for August, September through end of 2021.The band  the road July 16, 2021 in Manchester, Iowa for the long awaited North American tour. The Texas blues-rock trio's trek called A Celebration of ZZ Top, remains on the road through the end of the year. 

“To say we’re looking forward to getting back out on the road and performing in front of real people is the understatement of the last 16 months, if not the century,” drummer Frank Beard proudly stated in a press release.

Singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons added: “ZZ is coming on strong. Let’s get it!”  

ZZ Top Circus magazine cover image geraldrothberg.com

(Above. Vintage ZZ Top Circus Magazine cover image, December 10, 1976 edition).

ZZ Top began their  trek July 16, 2021 in Manchester, Iowa for the long awaited North American tour. The Texas blues-rock trio's tour called A Celebration of ZZ Top, remains on the road through the end of the year. Canadian leg begins April 23, 2022. Smartphones scroll page for complete tour dates ZZ Top A Celebration-USA. and Canada 2021-2022 


Remembering EDDIE VAN HALEN    (1955-2020)

Eddie Van Halen legendary guitar rocker dead at 65 

Eddie Van Halen Vintage Cover Image CIRCUS Magazine Official Website geraldrothberg.com

Above. Eddie Van Halen celebrated rock guitar virtuoso, Circus Magazine cover image, June 30 1986

Eddie Van Halen renowned Van Halen band rock guitarist, and co-founder's passing was confirmed October 6 via Twitter by son Wolfgang, 29.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle withth cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ ve shared wi th him on and off stage was a gift,” wrote Wolfgang, who has filled in as the band’s bassist replacing Michael Anthony in 2006.

“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”

Wolfgang's mother, Valerie Bertinelli, Eddie's wife from 1981 - 2007 tweeted a long string of broken hearts, and later shared a family photo of Instagram.

Eddie, Valerie, Wolfgang Van Halen Circus Magazine

Valerie Bertinelli @Wolfiesmom in a heart-wrenching post wrote,  “40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you. You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang. Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”


IN MEMORIAM:   Eddie Van Halen Anniversary of death October 6. "A year to the day/since you went away"

What other song could be more fitting? The legendary guitarist passed away last year of cancer at the age of 65



(All pages, including all logos of Circus Magazine, Circus Raves, Hullabaloo Magazine, on all pages of  https://www.geraldrothberg.com are Copyright (c)2022 by Gerald Rothberg. All rights reserved.)

About me: CiRCUS  legendary Rock Music magazine, established 1966. Gerald Rothberg, founder editor-publisher of the legendary Rock Music publication 

Wall of Fame Rocker Lita Ford, and Gerald Rothbeg, CIRCUS Magazine founder,editor-publisher

Photo. Gerald Rothberg, at left with rock music performer Lita Ford in front of the CiRCUS magazine Wall of Golden Awards at office headquarters NYC

CiRCUS, the legendary rock music publication was founded by Gerald Rothberg in 1966.  He has been its editor, and publisher since its founding. The rock journal was America's cutting- edge magazine that covered the rock music world for over four amazing decades in New York City, where many fantastic music journalists, editors, photographers, and art directors got their start.

CiRCUS magazine reached millions of young adults in those days with the best rock journalism, and rock photography ever produced.




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