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Bob Marley and the Wailers

Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980

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February 1, 2011

On September 21st, 1980, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York. Two nights later, he honored this sold-out date — Marley's last show before he died of cancer in 1981. His performance does not have the conqueror's fire of 1975's Live! or the arena-star confidence of '78's Babylon by Bus. But there is an eerie valedictory defiance in Marley's singing, matched by the Wailers' heavy, impatient swagger in "Them Belly Full" and "Jamming" and the surging trance of "Exodus." The result is a final fierce account, onstage, of an honorable revolutionary life.

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