Following last year’s tour in honor of the 30th anniversary of Legend, The Wailers have Kicked off their first U.S. tour of the 2015 season. Opening with a set of sold-out shows, The Wailers will be filling venues across the nation as they celebrate Bob Marley’s 70th birthday with a run of shows throughout February and March.
The Wailers have consistently toured for the past 40 years, and in doing so, have been keeping the legacy of Bob Marley alive. They are one of the most successful reggae groups in history, having sold over 250 million albums worldwide and played to an estimated 25 million people around the world. After touring in South America, Russia, Middle East, and Europe, The Wailers will bring their good vibrations to fans in celebration of Reggae Month and the month of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday.
To start the celebration The Wailers opened the tour with a big five night run of album sets. The tour spent 3 nights at The Independent in San Francisco. The band sold out every show playing a different record in its entirety each night, jamming through Exodus on Thursday, Legend on Friday, and Survival on Saturday. The band then drove down to Las Vegas to play the new Brooklyn Bowl, performing Exodus one night and Survival the next night. Needless to say, at any show on tour, the band is warmed up and ready to play an album set or an excellent variety of tracks from the infamous discography.
After a week in the Southwest the band went up to the Mile High City, hitting Telluride, CO before heading down for two weeks in sunny and warm Florida. Currently, their U.S. schedule has the band playing two night in north Florida before getting aboard the Norwegian Pearl for Train’s Sail Across the Sun Cruise. Upon returning, the group will continue working their way through the state before heading up to play North Carolina and Ohio.
In March, The Wailers will take the first half of the month to play around the Midwest. Then, finishing out the month back in the Southeast to start their festival season. Look for that one drop sound at the 59Twenty Music Festival in Meridian, Mississippi on March 28th followed by a spot at the Slide Into Spring Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida on March 29th.
In April, fans in the Northeast can see The Wailers on April 11th at the Heavy Seas Festival in Baltimore, Maryland and down in Atlanta, Georgia at the April 17 Sweetwater 420 Festival.
Formed in the late sixties, The Wailers have created an extraordinary body of work and their music can be heard in every corner of the world today. Original members included Bob Marley and his vocal partners Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, alongside the ground-breaking rhythm section of the Barrett brothers, Carlton on drums and Aston “Family Man” on bass. Today, Aston leads the band as it continues its worldwide campaign to promote peace, love and equality through the message of reggae and Rastafari.
The current Wailers’ lineup includes:
Aston “Family Man” Barrett-bass
Aston Barrett Jr. – organ
Anthony “Benbow” Creary – drums
Audley “Chizzy” Chisholm -lead guitar
Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin – vocals
Melvin“Ras Mel”Glover-rhythm guitar
You’ll find links below for more about The Wailers, their history, music and tour dates.
The Wailers links:
The Wailers Website
The Wailers Facebook
Article By: Aaron Solomon
Photo By: Kit Chalberg
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