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Bob Marley and the Wailers, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, May 27, 1976

Included here is an interesting review of Bob Marley’s performance at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1976. This review is of particular interest because it places Marley at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium during his short California stint at the end of May 1976. There is no existing record of him ever having played the venue during this tour. However, Los Angeles Times journalist Robert Hilburn provides some clarity on the issue in his review of Marley’s star-studded show at L.A.’s Roxy Theater.  Marley plays to a sell-out crowd at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday, May 27, 1976.

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The Rastaman Vibration tour began at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on 23 April 1976, and ended in Manchester, England, on 27 June 1976. On the tour’s second leg Marley performed for the first time in continental Europe and premiered in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. After the tour Marley performed the Smile Jamaica Concert in his homeland Jamaica, after being shot a couple of days before. The album Live At the Roxy was recorded during this tour on 26 May 1976.

The concert review, which was written by George Wanamaker, was published in the 19 July 1976 issue of Soul.

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Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

Photo: Neal Preston

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