I first saw the Rolling Stones in June of 1966, in Cleveland. It was my first concert. I’ve seen them 6 or 7 more times and hope to catch them this summer at Soldier Field, but I’ve never seen their Rock and Roll circus. At least not on the big screen. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was a concert show organized by the Stones on 11 December 1968. The show was filmed on a makeshift circus stage with The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, The Stones with John Lennon and Yoko also performing as part of a one-shot supergroup called The Dirty Mac which featured Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Richards. Originally the idea for the concert was going to include the Small Faces, the Rolling Stones, and the Who, and the idea behind the circus was first thought up between Jagger, Townshend and Ronnie Lane. It was meant to be aired on the BBC, but instead the Stones withheld it. The contention was they did so because of their substandard performance. There is also the fact that this was Brian Jones last appearance with the Stones; he drowned some seven months later while the film was being edited. Some speculate that another reason for not releasing the video was that the Who, who were fresh off a concert tour, obviously upstaged the Stones on their own production. It took 28 years, but the Stones came around in time for Lindsay-Hogg to finish the legendary rock film for a 1996 premiere at the New York Film Festival and release on home video. “You had these little explosions of greatness in the room,” says Lindsay-Hogg of the two-day shoot, “and the Rolling Stones recognized that.” Now, in time for the North American leg of the Stones’ ongoing “No Filter Tour”, “Circus” has been remastered for a limited U.S. theatrical run during the first week of April.“I was thrilled by it anew, which I hadn’t been for a long time,” says Lindsay-Hogg, whose career began in England as director on the ’60s music show “Ready Steady Go!,” where the camerawork could be as frenzied as the acts onstage. He also directed music videos for the Stones, Beatles and the Who, and made the intimate Beatles documentary “Let It Be.” In the pipeline is a long-awaited restoration of the 1970 Beatles film, which will follow an entirely new film being assembled from the same 55 hours of footage by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.