The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus
Roll up. Roll up. One and all. Come join the 'Rolling Stones' rock and roll circus, where you can see: A midget clown. A pair of geriatric acrobats. A Nubian fire-eater. A Beatles called Winston. Plus a gaggle of long-haired musicians performing to all in sundry.
Yeah. I'm not messing with you, dear reader! Check out this all-star bohemian roll-call:
- 'Song for Jeffrey' -- (Ian Anderson) -- performed by Jethro Tull
- 'A Quick One While He's Away' -- (Pete Townshend) -- performed by The Who
- 'Something Better' -- (Barry Mann and Gerry Goffin) -- performed by Marianne Faithfull
- 'Fire Eater and Luna' -- (Donyale Luna) -- performed by Danny Camara
- 'Yer Blues' -- (Lennon and McCartney) -- performed by The Dirty Mac
- 'Whole Lotta Yoko' -- (Yoko Ono) -- performed by Yoko Ono, Ivry Gitlis, and The Dirty Mac
- 'Jumping Jack Flash' -- (Jagger and Richards) -- performed by The Rolling Stones
- 'Parachute Woman' -- (Jagger and Richards) -- performed by The Rolling Stones
- 'No Expectations' -- (Jagger and Richards) -- performed by Rolling Stones
- 'The 'Ain't That a Lot of Love' -- (Willia Dean Parker and Homer Banks) -- performed by Taj Mahal
- 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' -- (Jagger and Richards) -- performed by The Rolling Stones
- 'Sympathy for the Devil' -- (Jagger and Richards) -- performed by The Rolling Stones
- 'Salt of the Earth' -- (Jagger and Richards) -- performed by The Rolling Stones
And once the last song was finally sung, the cast, the audience, the monkey, and the chemist, all folded away the big-tent, before putting it back into the small-box, shuffling off to pastures new. Amen.
Now I have to admit, when I normally watch a 'concert performance' on DVD, I fast-forward through the bits I don't like, just so I can get to the bits I do like. But in the case of 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus' -- well -- I only did it once. When Yoko Ono did her shrieking thing. It slightly got on my nerves. Prompting me to press the button in question until I reached the very next song.
Still, apart from that, this concert was a right hoot from start to finish. Honestly. I really got a kick out of watching this gig. Tapping my feet and wobbling my head as if I had some sort of neurological condition. Heck, at one point during the show -- when Mick sang 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' -- I leapt up out of my sofa and did that funky pigeon dance he did.
Ops! Got a bit carried away with myself there, didn't I? Plus I suppose you could say exactly the same thing about the band if you've digested point three of my trivia-splurge. Well, why in Lennon's name did the Rolling Stones stop this show from being aired? It can't be because of 'The Who' rumor. They didn't upstage them. Oh no! If anything, they complemented them. Just like the rest of the acts did as well -- most notably John Lennon and The Dirty Mac.
Maybe it had something to do with the amount of drugs they took during this period? As stated in the 'Crossfire Hurricane' documentary. Anyway, whatever the case may be, 'The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus' is a great slice of musical yesteryear to jive to. It's avant-garde. It's eclectic. It's earthy. And it's one of those musical jamborees that's as magical as...
Ha! Say no more.