Beacon Theater 1976  Blog Page


Bob Marley and the Wailers performed 2 shows per night on April 30th, and May 1st 1976 AT The Beacon Th. in New York City.  Below are tracks and pictures from that historic 2 nights.  



Bob Marley and the Wailers The tour began at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on April 23, 1976, and ended in Manchester, England, on June 27, 1976. On the tour's second leg Marley performed for the first time in continental Europe and premiered in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. After the tour Marley performed the Smile Jamaica Concert in his homeland Jamaica, after being shot a couple of days before. The album Live At the Roxy was recorded during this tour, on May 26. 

These 4 sets from the Beacon Theater  show Bob and his band in top form. 
    * rare live performance of "Johnny Was" and "Night Shift" May 1st was  first show with the "Get Up, Stand Up"/"War"/"No More Trouble" medley

At the beginning of the tour, for example during the four shows at the Beacon Theater when Marley experimented and changed the setlist much more than later during the tour, a gospel-like medley of two Nyabinghi chants ("Rastaman Chant" and "Lion Of Judah") and a brief reggae riff ("Keep The Faith") had been performed at the beginning instead of "Trenchtown Rock". Since the Nyabinghi chants were very meditative and slow until it segued into the lively reggae riff, it was decided to replace the long medley by the classic and instantly-lively "Trenchtown Rock" to better catch the audience from the beginning, as seen during the Natty Dread Tour in 1975 where "Trenchtown Rock" was the opening song as well


April 30, 1976 - early show

Band lineup

    * Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
    * Aston Barrett, bass
    * Carlton Barrett, drums
    * Donald Kinsey, lead guitar
    * Earl "Chinna" Smith, lead guitar
    * Tyrone Downie, keyboards
    * Alvin Patterson, percussion
    * The I-Threes, backing vocals

* Recording Source Soundboard

Setlist

   1. "Are You Ready?"
   2. "Rastaman Chant" -> "Lion Of Judah" -> "Keep The Faith"
   3. "Burnin' And Lootin'"
   4. "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"
   5. "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"
   6. "Want More"
   7. "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
   8. "Johnny Was"
   9. "Lively Up Yourself"

10. "Night Shift"

  11. "Crazy Baldhead"
  12. "Positive Vibration"
  13. "Rat Race"

14 "War" > "Get Up Stand Up"

Review

    * encore break after "Crazy Baldhead"
    * rare live performance of "Johnny Was" and "Night Shift"



April 30, 1976 - late show


Band lineup

    * Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
    * Aston Barrett, bass
    * Carlton Barrett, drums
    * Donald Kinsey, lead guitar
    * Earl "Chinna" Smith, lead guitar
    * Tyrone Downie, keyboards
    * Alvin Patterson, percussion
    * The I-Threes, backing vocals
 
    * Recording Source Audience

Setlist

   1. "Rastaman Chant" -> "Lion Of Judah" -> "Keep The Faith"
   2. "Burnin' And Lootin'"
   3. "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"
   4. "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"
   5. "Want More"
   6. "Johnny Was"
   7. "No Woman, No Cry"
   8. "Lively Up Yourself"
   9. "Kinky Reggae"
  10. "Crazy Baldhead"  into>
  11. "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
 
  12. "Positive Vibration"
  13. "Rat Race"
  14. "Get Up, Stand Up" -> "War"

Review

    * encore break after "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
    * rare live performance of "Johnny Was


May 1, 1976 - early show

Band lineup

    * Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
    * Aston Barrett, bass
    * Carlton Barrett, drums
    * Donald Kinsey, lead guitar
    * Earl "Chinna" Smith, lead guitar
    * Tyrone Downie, keyboards
    * Alvin Patterson, percussion
    * The I-Threes, backing vocals 

* Recording Source Audience

Setlist

   1. "Lion Of Judah" -> "Keep The Faith"
   2. "Burnin' And Lootin'"
   3. "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"
   4. "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"
   5. "I Shot The Sheriff"
   6. "Johnny Was"
   7. "Kinky Reggae"
   8. "Lively Up Yourself"
   9. "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
  10. "Rat Race"
  11. "Positive Vibration"
  12. "Get Up, Stand Up"

Review

    * encore break after "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
    * rare live performance of "Johnny Was"


May 1, 1976 - late show

Band lineup

    * Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
    * Aston Barrett, bass
    * Carlton Barrett, drums
    * Donald Kinsey, lead guitar
    * Earl "Chinna" Smith, lead guitar
    * Tyrone Downie, keyboards
    * Alvin Patterson, percussion
    * The I-Threes, backing vocals 

* Recording Source Audience


Setlist

   1. "Are You Ready?"
   2. "Lion Of Judah" -> "Keep The Faith"
   3. "Burnin' And Lootin'"
   4. "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"
   5. "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"
   6. "I Shot The Sheriff"
   7. "Want More"
   8. "No Woman, No Cry"
   9. "Lively Up Yourself"
  10. "Bend Down Low"
  11. "Rat Race"
  12. "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
  13. "Positive Vibration"
  14. "Night Shift"
  15. "Get Up, Stand Up" -> "War" -> "No More Trouble"

Review

    * encore break after "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
    * rare live performance of "Night Shift"
    * first show with the "Get Up, Stand Up"/"War"/"No More Trouble" medley 

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Recent Beacon Theater Pictures Courtesy of Doc. Jah