Sunday, June 21, 2015

40 Year Itch : Bob Marley And The Wailers Play NYC

   On June 21, 1975 Bob Marley and the Wailers brought their Natty Dread tour to The Manhattan Center in New York City. While the audio featured on YouTube leaves much to be desired, the video has been called the highest quality footage of a Marley performance in existence. 2500 people paid $6 to see The Wailers perform 17 songs including all of the tunes that would appear on the masterful Bob Marley and the Wailers Live album released later in the year. Three days earlier, 15-thousand people saw The Wailers perform at Central Park with Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees and Barry Manilow among others.

     Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Elton John performed before 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium with The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Rufus and Stackridge.

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