The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus – Now Playing on PBS

The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus – Now Playing on PBS

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus airs nationwide beginning Tuesday, February 26 on public television! Check your local listings.


The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is the legendary concert extravaganza that marked the last performance of the original line-up of “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Under the big-top and dressed in outrageous circus garb, The Rolling Stones are joined by an all-star musical cast: Jethro Tull, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, and the ad-hoc, one-time only supergroup “The Dirty Mac” featuring John Lennon (guitar/vocals), Keith Richards (bass), Eric Clapton (guitar), fresh from his break-up with Cream, and Mitch Mitchell (drums) of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. First broadcast in 2007, the concert is back on public television stations beginning Tuesday, February 26, 2013 (check local listings) and is distributed nationwide by WLIW21 in association with WNET. In the New York metro area, it will air Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21.

With Mick Jagger as the show’s literal ringmaster, the unscripted, unapologetic mayhem yielded timeless musical moments, including the first-ever performance of Stones classic-to-be “You Can’t Always Get What You Want;” John Lennon’s first concert before an audience outside The Beatles; the only existing footage of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s short stint with Jethro Tull; The Who’s standout “A Quick One While He’s Away;” and The Dirty Mac’s rendition of The Beatles’ “Yer Blues.” The public television broadcast includes a 2004 interview with The Who’s Pete Townshend about the historical gathering.

Filmed December 11-12, 1968 and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the pioneering music video director behind The Beatles’ Let It Be and many of the Rolling Stones’ seminal video clips, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was planned as a BBC special to promote the newly released Beggars Banquet but never aired. In fact, the footage, shot by award-winning cinematographer Tony Richmond (The Kids are Alright, The Man Who Fell to Earth), was lost for many years. Finally, in 1989, it was discovered in a trash bin at The Who’s vault in London. The film has been lovingly restored to preserve this unprecedented, one-of-a-kind event.

Song List:
Song for Jeffery – Jethro Tull
A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who
Ain’t That a Lot of Love – Taj Mahal
Something Better – Marianne Faithfull
Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell)
Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac
Jumping Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
No Expectations – The Rolling Stones
You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
Salt of the Earth – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus is an ABKCO Film. A presentation of WLIW21 in association with WNET. John Servidio is executive in charge of production for WLIW21 in association with WNET.

Cities & Air Dates:

Albuquerque- New Mexico PBS (KNME)
Sun. 3/3/2013- 12:00am

Austin- KLRU
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 10:30pm
Fri. 3/5/2013- 2:30am

Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:00pm

Burlington- NHP-TV (WLED, W50DP)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:00pm

Casper-Riverton- Wyoming PBS (WCWC)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm

Cleveland- Western Reserve PBS (WEAO)
Sun. 3/3/2013- 5:30pm
Wed. 3/6/2013- 9:30pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 9:30pm

Detroit- Detroit Public TV (WTVS)
Sat. 3/9/2013- 9:30pm
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 12:00pm

Duluth-Superior- (WDSE, WRPT)
Mon. 3/11/2013- 7:00pm

Duluth-Superior- (WDSE2, WRPT2)
Sat. 3/9/2013- 7:30pm

El Paso- KCOS
Sat. 3/9/2013- 7:00pm

Fresno-Visalia- Valley PBS (WVPT)
Fri. 3/15/2013- 10:30pm

Ft. Myers-Naples- WGCU Create
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:30pm
Sun. 3/3/2013- 2:30am
Sat. 3/9/2013- 12:00am

Grand Rapids- WGVU (WGVU, WGVK)
Wed. 3/6/2013- 10:00pm
Sun. 3/10/2013- 1:00am
Sun. 3/17/2013- 10:00pm
Thurs. 3/21/2013- 1:30am

Green Bay-Appleton- Wisconsin Public Television (WPNE)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:30pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 8:30pm

La Crosse-Eau Claire- Wisconsin Public Television (WHLA, WHWC)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:30pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 8:30pm

Los Angeles- KOCE
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 10:00pm

Los Angeles- KVCR
Sat. 3/16/2013- 9:00pm

Madison- Wisconsin Public Television (WHA-TV)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:30pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 8:30pm

Memphis- WKNO
Sat. 3/9/2013- 11:30pm

New York- WLIW
Sun. 3/10/2013- 9:30pm
Tues. 3/12/2013- 1:00am

New York- NJTV (WNJB)
Sun. 3/17/2013- 10:00pm

Oklahoma City- OETA (KETA, KWET)
Fri. 3/1/2013- 11:00pm

Oklahoma City- OETA (KETA2)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:00pm

Philadelphia- NJTV (WNJS)
Sun. 3/17/2013- 10:00pm

Portland-Auburn- NHPTV (W18BO)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:00pm

Providence- Rhode Island PBS (WSBE)
Mon. 3/4/2013- 9:00pm
Sun. 3/10/2013- 9:00pm

Raleigh-Durham- UNC-TV (UNCMX)
Wed. 3/20/2013- 3:00am

San Francisco- KRCB
Tues. 3/5/2013- 10:30pm
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 10:30pm

Seattle- KBTC, KCKA
Fri. 3/8/2013- 1:00am

Tampa- WUSF-TV
Fri. 3/1/2013- 11:30pm
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm
Wed. 3/6/2013- 2:00am
Fri. 3/8/2013- 11:00pm
Mon. 3/11/2013- 12:30am
Mon. 3/11/2013- 9:30pm
Wed. 3/13/2013- 1:30pm

Tampa- WUSF-Knowledge
Fri. 3/1/2013- 8:00pm
Sat. 3/2/2013- 1:00am
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:30pm
Thurs. 3/7/2013- 4:00am
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30am
Fri. 3/15/2013- 4:30pm

Tucson- KUAT, KUAS
Tues. 3/5/2013- 9:30pm

Fri. 3/1/2013- 11:00pm

Tulsa- OETA (KOED2)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:00pm
Ft. Myers-Naples- WGCU-TV
Sun. 3/10/2013- 4:30am

Washington- WHUT
Sat. 3/9/2013- 9:30pm

Wausau-Rhinelander- Wisconsin Public Television (WHRM, WLEF)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:30pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 8:30pm

Wichita, KS- Smoky Hills Public Television (KDCK, KOOD, K15CG, K23BU, K32BY, K39BS, K64BS, K66CD, KSWK, KWKS)
Sat. 3/16/2013- 9:00pm

Youngstown- Western Reserve PBS (WNEO)
Sun. 3/3/2013- 5:30pm
Wed. 3/6/2013- 9:30pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 9:30pm