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    According to Gawker.com, long-running rock publication Circus has closed its doors. Circus Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Gerald Rothberg has sent the following magazine-closure e-mail to the publication's contributors:

    "It is with sadness and a deep sense of loss that I must inform you that I've experienced great financial loss, which includes Circus magazine. Over the last year, I've tried my best to hold on to Circus mag, selling all my personal possessions, including my home, pumping the money into the mag. And I've lost all. I've held off contacting people because of the shame and humiliation I've experienced. I'm broke. I feel like Humpty Dumpty who had a great fall.

    "Circus magazine is in foreclosure. Will the magazine be resurrected? I don't know. If it will appear on the newsstands again, we'll find out. Let me say this now, I appreciate and I am grateful your contributions all these years and wish all my freelance contributors the best of health and success."

    According to RockCritics.com, Rothberg started Circus in 1966 under the title Hullabaloo. In the almost 40 years since, Circus has been many different kinds of music publication. It started out as a general interest rock magazine, running stories on classic rockers such as the DOORS, GENESIS, and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Later, Rothberg realized that his target audience ó teen boys ó loved to read about their favorite rock stars over and over, month after month. So when a band like KISS hit, they were one of Circus's biggest cover stars. Circus covered all kinds of rock and pop music but always featured a large number of heavy metal and hard rock bands in its pages.

    Following an unpopular move to a pop culture weekly in the mold of People in the late '70s, Rothberg went back to a monthly format and started to get back to the hard rock and heavy metal stars that made his magazine sales soar. Rothberg's lean toward those kind of acts paid off big time in the '80s when the hair metal explosion hit. Month in and month out, it was DEF LEPPARD, VAN HALEN, and BON JOVI on the covers. The hair metal years in the '80s were Rothberg's most profitable for Circus. When grunge hit in the '90s, Circus got confused and lost its focus (even putting rappers ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT on the cover one month ó and getting tons of hate mail in the process).

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    With today's technology, there's no subscription/newsstand market for a magazine such at that...
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.Ē -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Bummer. Circus was the gotta have it mag back in the day. Many's the time I looked forward to the latest issue, especially when VH were on tour.

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    Yeah, I remember the Kiss days and stealing it from the Zippy Mart when
    I didn't have the $1.50 to pay for it (sorry, Mr. Rothberg). But I haven't
    even looked at an issue in the near 30 years since and frankly was surprised
    to learn they were still around.

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    I have some old circus and hit parader mags from 1969 that were given to me in mint condish. Led Zep and Jimi on the cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc
    Bummer. Circus was the gotta have it mag back in the day. Many's the time I looked forward to the latest issue, especially when VH were on tour.

    RIP.
    Yeah, Back in the day, Hit Parade and Circus were the best way to get info and photos of your favorite bands...
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    man...between 1983 and 1986 i read circus religiously trying to get info about my favorite bands.........that's too bad....
    let's be real...EVH was GOD

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    Quote Originally Posted by axebrian
    Yeah, Back in the day, Hit Parade and Circus were the best way to get info and photos of your favorite bands...

    Well hey now let's not get carried away here.

    Back in the day it was all about Circus and Creem. Hit Parader was for lightweights.
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    CREEM ruled tall above both their puny heads.

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    Alas, 'tis be true.

    Boy Howdy!!
    RIP - Classic Van Halen

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    I still have the February '85 edition where VH was voted best rock act. In every category VH and Motley were duking it out. Best new group was Ratt. Biggest Disappointed was Quiet Riot. It was a great edition that I still on occassion will drag out and read.

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    I had a subscription to Circus for a couple of years during Jr. High. I remember going out to the mailbox with that total anticipation of Van Halen being on the cover or at least having stories on them in the mag. Great memories. I still get the same vibe when I order/trade dvd boots. I guess I'll never change.
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    Lots of great memories of reading about VH and other bands I liked in Circus. Good luck in the future, Mr. Rothberg.

    "The shit I read on this site." -- Dave's Dreidel (Nov 6th, 2013)

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    Remember the great covers? Like this one.....

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    That magazine was a great thing in the late 70's and early 80's for me. RIP.
    VAN HALEN...ROCK ON

 

 

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