A distinguished fan/collector/historian from “JAHMANY” named Andreas graciously shared his research bringing much light to missing and undocumented Peter Tosh tour dates. I hope he continues his great works and that he is gracious enough to keep us honest on our research. Needless to say, this is absolutely amazing research and so crucial to Tosh’s musical biography.
1977 – Peter photographed by Chuck Pulin in unknown park, Brooklyn, NY
“The filming started in November of 1977 at an outdoor festival in Savanna-la-mar featuring Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown (with newly sprouting dreadlocks), The I-Threes, U Roy, 12 year old Junior Tucker, Althea & Donna, Lloyd Parks and the “We The People Band.”
As you can see Peter Tosh is not mentioned for Savanna.
A few paragraphs later you can read this:
“Nothing could portray this more poignantly than “Heartland Reggae” documenting on film, Peter Tosh’s Trelawny Beach concert [sic!]. Tosh, perhaps the most militant exponent of the Rasta movement, gives a biting performance.”
“It was in Trelawny and we had a 3-day festival. Burning Spear, Big Youth, Peter Tosh, Soul Syndicate, Culture and some others. It was government-funded and they flew me down and even paid for my hotel.”
Regarding the date you can find 1978-02-24 for Burning Spear at Trelawny (therefore +- 2 for Peter), e.g. here:
“The first show was winter of 1978, in the old Trelawny Beach Hotel in Trelawny, Jamaica. It was a weekend festival in the hotel ballroom with Peter Tosh, Spear, Inner Circle, Big Youth, and others, produced by some of the earliest reggae concert promoters Eppy Epstein and Warren Smith. A life changing experience. I met Mr. Rodney for the first time that weekend, wonder if he remembers that show?”
You can find an interview (which appeared in the book “Reggae International” by Stephen Davis & Peter Simon published in 1982) which stated:
“This interview took place in a hotel in Cambridge, Mass., during the first Word Sound and Power tour in 1979. In the corner of the room Tosh’s omnipresent ‘Inicycle’ leaned against the wall. Tosh rides the tall unicycle everywhere – backstage, while visiting radio stations, down long hotel corridors, at four in the morning…”
There is a short description of a visitor of this concert:
“Caught Bob Marley at the early show at Boston’s Music Hall (’76? *) and, after a cab ride to Cambridge caught the last [sic!] set of Peter Tosh at the Harvard Square Theater. It was a burning! Ja Music is love!”