Michael Lindsay-Hogg — the director of the Rolling Stones' recently revamped Rock And Roll Circus, recalled one of the crowning moments of the rock history — and revealed it almost didn't happen.
The Rock And Roll Circus has been re-released in a new Limited Deluxe Edition which is a multi-format package of Blu-Ray, DVD, and a two-CD soundtrack. The film will also be available for digital download (TVOD) and for the first time available on Blu-ray.”
The Rock And Roll Circus was shot at London's Twickenham Studios on December 10th and 11th, 1968 and was originally envisioned as being a holiday special for the Stones to promote their latest album, Beggars Banquet. The program featured the band's final performance with Brian Jones, along with along with performances by the Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, and the Dirty Mac — featuring John Lennon, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell, and Eric Clapton.
Lindsay-Hogg recalled capturing the Stones' defining moment in the show at a time when the band and crew's energy was nearly gone: “When we did 'Sympathy For The Devil,' there were, like, half-done takes before but they were exhausted. And then Mick (Jagger) and I and a couple of other people thought, 'Well, maybe we should come back tomorrow night; because people were exhausted, including cameramen. They had had their eyes in the viewfinders for 18 hours. And he said to me, 'Can you do it one more time?' I said, 'Yes — can you?' He said, 'Yeah, lemme talk to them.' And then he went to the other Rolling Stones and said this is it.'”