December 11, 1968 – Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Filmed

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, featuring the Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, the Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and the Dirty Mac with Yoko Ono, is filmed in Wembley, London

The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus was filmed over 18 hours on December 11th and 12th, 1968. Featuring The Rolling Stones, The Who and a Supergroup called Dirty Mac featuring Mitch Mitchell and John Lennon amongst others it was due to be shown by the BBC, but Mick Jagger held it back as he was unhappy with their performance. Tragically it would also be the last time Brian Jones would perform with The Rolling Stones and die in his swimming pool little more than 6 months later.

Mick Jagger’s idea was to do something to keep the Rolling Stones in the public eye while they were away recording “Let It Bleed”. He approached Michael Lindsay-Hogg and the two came up with the idea of having the various bands performing as part of a circus, with ringmaster to introduce the acts, some are traditional circus acts, the others musical from classical via The Stones and The Who to Taj Mahal.

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