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Rare Video Footage of Wailers Reunion: Opening Set for Marvin Gaye, 1974

The Wailers reunite to perform two songs at a benefit show held at the National Arena on May 31, 1974.  The Wailers, opening for very popular Motown recording artist Marvin Gaye, reunite to play “Lively Up Yourself” and “Trenchtown Rock.”  Other performers on the benefit show bill include Marcia Griffiths, I-Threes, and ZAP-POW.

The Wailers actually reunite to play two shows opening for Marvin Gaye.  The first is held at the Carib Theater on May 21, 1974.  I have included a short review of that show published on May 25, 1974 in the Jamaica Gleaner.  Lee Jaffe makes his debut with The Wailers at this show, playing harmonica on “Rebel Music (3 O’clock Road Block).”

The second show takes place at the National Arena on May 31, 1974 and is featured in the rare video clip included.

In addition, I have also included an audio download of the Carib Theater show on May 21, 1974.  This show, an audience recording,  is presented in lossless (FLAC) audio.

“Lively Up Yourself”

Poster for the May 21, 1974 Show

Review of Carib Theater Show, Jamaica Gleaner, May 24, 1974


The Wailers
Opening set for Marvin Gaye
Carib Theater
May 21, 1974

Band Lineup

Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
Peter Tosh, vocals, lead guitar
Bunny Wailer, vocals, percussion
Aston Barrett, bass
Carlton Barrett, drums
Tyrone Downie, keyboards


The I-Threes

1. “Young, Gifted And Black”
2. “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
3. “Sweet Inspiration”

The Wailers

1. “Burnin’ And Lootin'”
2. “Slave Driver”
3. “Can’t Blame The Youth”
4. “Arabs Oil Weapon”
5. “Get Up, Stand Up”
6. “Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock)”




  1. Jay says:

    Your poster and paper review show some interesting information especially about the confusion over the dates for these shows. As the article says the first show took place on Tuesday 21st May, the paper has Thursday on its header but shows no date. It then mentions that Marvin Gaye will play later today and mentions Labour day in Jamaica which is May 23rd, that would make the paper’s published day as Thursday 23rd . Which means if the Wailers supported Marvin Gaye both times, the shows took place on May 21st and May 23rd. Not May 31 as dated on other sites (unless Marvin Gaye returned over a week later).

  2. marleyrkives says:

    Thank you for your insightful comments. The article says that the Carib Theater show is on Tuesday (May 21). He is presented the key on Thursday (May 23). It then says that he will play a Labour Day show at National Stadium. This occurs on May 31, 1974. There was no performance Thursday at the stadium, just the key ceremony.

  3. Jay says:

    My point is Labour day is the 23rd. Why would they call it a Labour day show when the 31st is not Labour day, the newspaper article says that Marvin Gaye was due to return to the states tomorrow (that would be the day after publication the 24th May)
    But thanks for clearing up the confusion about the first date

  4. marleyrkives says:

    Jay: I just confirmed. The Labour Day show was on Thursday, May 23, 1974 at National Stadium.

  5. Farbod says:

    Hey Brother, Do you have any pictures, audio or video footage of the actual Marvin Gaye concert?

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