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Published: 2017/11/02
by Larson Sutton

Jim James, Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello and Aloe Blacc Join Ziggy and Stephen Marley for Exodus 40 Live

Wednesday night at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles brothers Ziggy and Stephen Marley led a sold-out all-star concert event, Exodus 40 Live, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their father’s landmark album, Exodus. With a twelve-piece band assembled especially for the occasion by bassist Don Was, the siblings welcomed several special guests throughout the two-hour performance. The show began with Ziggy and Stephen trading vocals on “stripped-down” versions of Marley classics such as “Could You Be Loved,” “Small Axe”, “War/No More Trouble,” and “Redemption Song.”

Next, the full ensemble, including renowned drummer Terence Higgins, backed the brothers for a complete rendition of the Exodus album. Percussionist Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers was the first other than a Marley to take a lead vocal, stepping up for “Guiltiness.” Citizen Cope followed on “The Heathen,” while Aloe Blacc guested on “Waiting in Vain.” For “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” My Morning Jacket’s Jim James made an appearance, sticking around on guitar for the song’s instrumental coda and the return of Blacc on “Three Little Birds.” Guitarist Tom Morello then arrived for a set-closing rendition of “Exodus,” at one point turning the back of his guitar to the audience, displaying a taped sign that read, “FUCK TRUMP.”

For an encore, the Marley’s dipped into their father’s back catalog for “All Day All Night,” then brought guitarist Gary Clark Jr. out for “No Woman, No Cry.” Clark remained and was joined, once again, by Morello for “I Shot the Sherriff.” Finally, all of the evening’s special guests gathered onstage for a closing version of “Get Up, Stand Up.”

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