Showing posts with label Rock and Roll Circus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rock and Roll Circus. Show all posts

Monday, December 28, 2020

"Whole Lotta Yoko" violinist Ivry Gitllis passes away

Israeli classical violinist Irvry Gitlis, who played with the makeshift Dirty Mac band (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell) on the Rolling Stones' "Rock and Roll Circus" TV special, died on Dec. 24 at age 98, The Associated Press reports.

Gitlis appears with the band backing a vocal performance by Yoko Ono in the film and was widely known in the world of classical music.

Via AP:

France’s culture minister [hailed Gitlis] as “a magnificent performer, a generous musician” who dedicated his life “to serving all kinds of music.” 

...Recognizable in recent decades by his long white hair and distinctive caps and scarves, Gitlis began playing in the 1920s and performed into the 2010s. The Paris Philharmonic celebrated “one of the longest and most prolific careers in the history of music.”

Stay through the Dirty Mac playing the Beatles' "Yer Blues" and you'll see Gitlis' "Rock and Roll Circus" performance with Yoko and the band below:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Rolling Stones' "Rock and Roll Circus," featuring John and Yoko, set for theater run

A 4K restoration of the Rolling Stones' abandoned 1968 "Rock and Roll Circus" TV special is set for a limited run in U.S. cinemas next month, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The show never aired back in the 1960s, but was finally released on home video in 1996. Directed by Michael Lindsay Hogg, who also did the Beatles' "Let it Be" film, the Stone's special includes John and Yoko playing with the supergroup including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell.

Other performers include The Who, Taj Mahal and Marianne Faithfull

There's a list of screening locations for the film here.

Here's a trailer: