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Previously Unreleased Photos: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Santa Barbara, 1976

First posted to Midnight Raver back in April 2013, these rare photos are from Bob Marley and the Wailers’ performance at the Santa Barbara County Bowl on May 31, 1976.  The photos were taken by photographer Terry Remick.

These photos were graciously shared by Tom Modugno.  Please visit his website for more photos and additional info about the show!

The Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat amphitheater, located in Santa Barbara, California.

The Santa Barbara Bowl is open for concerts from approximately April through approximately October with an average of about 27 concerts per season. Booked exclusively by Nederlander Concerts in Los Angeles, the Bowl hosts primarily popular music concerts. Since 1991, the Santa Barbara Bowl has been managed by the not-for-profit Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation.

Joni Mitchell‘s 1980 double live album and concert film, Shadows and Light, was recorded at the venue in September 1979 on the tour supporting her Mingus album. Her all-star backing band was made up of prominent jazz fusion musicians Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, and Michael Brecker.

The British band Tears For Fears performed at the amphitheatre in May 1990, which was filmed for their Going To California concert video (the American vocalist/pianist Oleta Adams appeared with them).

The British band Depeche Mode performed at the amphitheatre three times: the first one was on August 5, 2001 during their Exciter Tour. The second one was on August 20, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a sold out crowd of 4,937 people. The third one was on September 24, 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 4,959 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the group’s live albums project Recording the Universe.

The show which broke the record for playing past the City of Santa Barbara, California‘s 10pm noise ordinance curfew was the 2015 performance of Neil Young & Promise of the Real, who played until 10:38pm before leaving the stage.




  1. Tom Modugno says:

    Yo Raver,

    I shared with you, are you going to post the link to my website?

    Sent from my phone

    1. marleyrkives says:

      Yes, yes! I apologize! Send me an email to Need to talk!

  2. Harry says:

    Seems that was a bloody Hot day……are there recordings from?

    1. Tom says:

      No recordings known from this show. But the Roxy show was just a few days before.

  3. Tim says:

    Two of those pics are not orginal.
    They are pics of rogers pic..
    The ones with the flash on them..
    Who is the blonde? Hahaha
    Nice pic of carly those are rare as hens teeth

  4. Tom says:

    We are still looking for info on that opening band. Not convinced it’s Anthony and the Imperials.

    1. John says:

      Wasn’t it little dion?

  5. Davies kapungwe says:

    very photogenic.

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