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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.

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