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Published: 2011/05/11

30 Years Later: A Tribute to Bob Marley

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s tragic passing. To honor the fallen reggae legend, we’d like to share a recent piece included in the March issue of Relix. In this piece, Wes Orshoski looks back on Bob Marley and the Wailers’ final performance from The Stanley Theatre in Pittsburg. The show has recently been released by Universal as The Lion’s Last Roar.

As the magazine explains:

On September 23, 1980, Bob Marley took the stage at The Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, and played the longest known concert of his life—a three-encore epic that culminated with a six and a half-minute rendition of “Get Up, Stand Up.” Months earlier, tickets sold out immediately for the gig, and when Marley and the Wailers finally arrived, the capacity crowd of 3,500 got everything they wanted, and more than they even understood. Having spent that night watching from the wings, peering out at the frenzied, packed house, owner/promoter and fervent Marley fan Rich Engler remembers being spellbound. “It was spectacular. I can’t even put into words how good it was. They just lit it up.

Head over to to read more about the show and the events leading up to it.

In addition, a story on Marley’s musical legacy posted to yesterday.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

Brandt Hardin May 11, 2011, 16:35:06

Bob Marley has influenced the entire world with his music, which will live on to be rediscovered by more and more generations to come. His work has affected my life and my art so much. I paid tribute to him with a surreal and psychedelic portrait inspired by his words. You can see it on my artist’s blog at

wylie May 12, 2011, 07:48:46

I like bob’s music, not his message. However, to pay “tribute” to a person that had such hate in his heart is disgusting. It is amazing to me that 99 percent of the people that listen to his music completly miss this.

Johnny May 12, 2011, 11:30:34

Bob hated people like you Wylie. Close-minded assholes!!!

JDSept May 13, 2011, 08:03:57

wylie Marley sang many many songs about love and peace and also about oppression of the poor which he came out of. Revolution also was part of his persona, which for somebody coming from an oppressed background is understandable. The religious background of some of his stuff can be questioned but so can everybody’s relgion as none have pure histories.

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