Friday, September 07, 2007

Bob Marley & The Wailers

August 5th, 1978. Bob Marley & The Wailers are in Miami on the last stop of their three-month-long Kaya Tour:
"The tour was initially set to begin in early May in Miami, Florida, but the first six shows had to be postponed due to lead guitarist Junior Marvin's cocaine problems. Therefore the tour began in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 18, 1978, and ended in Miami, Florida, on August 5, 1978."
Tour stops in Austin, Dallas and Houston were among those cancelled.
"The tour was divided into three legs, two U.S. legs and one European leg between. On July 23, birthday of the reincarnated God of the Rastafari movement, Marley performed a very rare live performance of his song Sun Is Shining. While on the tour Marley performed for the first time in Spain and Norway, and also premiered at the Madison Square Garden.

Numerous concerts including the performances in Paris' Pavillon Baltard were recorded in order to release a second live album, Babylon by Bus which is a compilation of songs performed in Paris as well as from earlier shows from the tours in 1975 and 1976."
A few pieces of lesser-known info....
"In July 1977, Marley was found to have malignant melanoma in a football wound on his toe. Marley refused amputation, citing worries that the operation would affect his dancing, as well as the Rastafari belief that the body must be whole. True to this belief Marley went against all surgical possibilities and sought out other means that would not break his religious beliefs. After playing two shows at Madison Square Garden as part of his fall 1980 Uprising Tour, he collapsed while jogging in NYC's Central Park.

Bob Marley played his final concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 23, 1980. The live version of "Redemption Song" on Songs of Freedom was recorded at this show. Marley afterwards sought medical help, but his cancer had already progressed to the terminal stage."
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers - August 5th, 1978 Miami, FL
  1. Positive Vibration
  2. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
  3. Rebel Music
  4. The Heathen
  5. War / No More Trouble
  6. Running Away / Crazy Baldhead
  7. Crisis
  8. I Shot The Sheriff
  9. No Woman, No Cry
  10. Jammin'
  11. Is This Love? / Easy Skanking
  12. Get Up, Stand Up / Exodus


Anonymous said...

Is this the actual music from his 1978 Miami concert ?
I was actually there to watch him in Miami. I was just 18 y.o.

Mr. Curiosity said...

Unless it had been mislabeled at some point before it came to me, this is the audio from the 78 Miami concert, yes. Very cool that you were there to see it, I was still just a twinkle in my father's eye.