July 1978. Bush Doctor tour. Tosh is slated to play The Starwood Club in Santa Monica, CA. Problem is, hundreds of Rolling Stones fans show up to the show thinking Tosh is opening for The Stones, a job he dutifully performs for The Stones on occasion during the 1978 Bush Doctor tour.
I have included the story by Robert Hilburn from the LA Times which was published on July 22, 1978.
Also included is very rare video clip of Tosh performing “Equal Rights.”
JOHN BROWN’S BODY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND U.S. TOUR
FULL-LENGTH ALBUM KINGS AND QUEENS
AVAILABLE APRIL 16TH ON EASY STAR RECORDS
As reggae music continues to reach new heights in America, John Brown’s Body (JBB) has been there from the beginning, constantly pushing and evolving the U.S. reggae scene through explosive live shows and critically-acclaimed recordings. Their new album, Kings And Queens, out April 16th on Easy Star Records, is no exception. Kings And Queens is the band’s most ambitious release to date, encompassing the entire history of the band’s sound and legacy. Lead vocalist Elliot Martin reaches new levels of songwriting by striking the fine balance between classic JBB roots and a fresh new JBB sound. A perfect example is the track “Old John Brown,” available for FREE download on the band’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/johnbrownsbody).
After releasing their exceptional and (mostly) instrumental JBB In Dub EP late in 2012, the band is already back with their eighth studio album, and first full-length since 2008’s chart-topping (#1 Billboard Reggae) Amplify. Kings And Queens features twelve new songs that are dripping in their signature “Future Roots” sound influenced by British Reggae (Aswad, Steel Pulse), roots classics (Burning Spear, Alpha Blondy), dub experimentation (Scientist, King Tubby, Sly & Robbie), and electronic music. The results are a thicker, heavier style than most modern reggae.
Over the past five years, the Boston/Ithaca/Brooklyn-based octet has toured throughout Europe, New Zealand, and of course the U.S. performing at notable festivals Bear Creek, Gathering of the Vibes, Jam Cruise, and Wakarusa and with acts including Galactic, Groundation, and label mates The Black Seeds and Easy Star All-Stars. This road warrior-like behavior has leant its influence in the studio by capturing the infectious energy of a JBB show throughout Kings And Queens.
Easy Star Records, one of the leading reggae labels in the world, has been working with JBB since 2004. Easy Star co-founder Lem Oppenheimer enthusiastically states, “JBB has been a large part of our roster for a long time, because it’s rare to find a relationship where both label and artist have the same drive to be progressive and push each other forward. JBB and Easy Star are like family.”
In the age of fickle trends and gone tomorrow music, John Brown’s Body provides refreshing integrity and longevity. Don’t miss what All Music Guide calls, “some of the most gorgeous melodies in all of modern reggae music,” when JBB tours this spring to celebrate their new release.
4/12 Fete Ballroom | Providence, RI 4/13 Sugarloaf Ski Resort | Carrabassett, ME 4/19 Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY – with Easy Star All-Stars 4/20 GrassRoots Shakori Hills | Pittsboro, NC 4/26 Water Street Music Hall | Rochester, NY – JBB presents BIG UPstate Reggae Festival 4/27 Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA 5/18 Electric Factory | Philadelphia, PA -with SOJA 5/25 Dark Star Jubilee Festival | Thornville, OH 5/26 Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL
This is a repost. I updated the original blog post with personal testimony from someone who attended one of the shows. Also updated to include the NME article.
The U.S. dates of the 1979 Survival tour kick off at Harvard University on July 29, 1979. In late October 1979, Bob Marley and the Wailers score a seven-show slot at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. These shows, which run for 4-days straight are very special to the band for several reasons. This is where Marcus Garvey first reached out to the blacks in Harlem hearkening “look to East Africa, for the crowning of the Black King” – a prophecy which kindles the early flames of the Rastafari Movement. The shows are also Marley’s first real shot at reaching and teaching the black audience in North America. In fact, according to Marley biographer Chris Salewicz, it is Bob himself who demands these shows in an effort to deliver a targeted message to this audience.
According to the Black Enterprise magazine issue from September 1983, Bob marley was the very last performer to play the historic Apollo before it went dark for 5 years. It reopened in 1984.
A fan who attended one of the shows during the Apollo run left me this message:
“Concerning the Bob Marley concert at the Apollo….there were three shows, in three days….and I made sure I was present for all three…Each show was different…but each unique. The Apollo Theater has 2 balconies…I was in the first balcony …front row center…best seat in the house…I sooo wish at least one of the concerts were on film….Bob rocked the house…so much so, at one point I actually got frightened…at the end of the third and final show…Bob had everyone on their feet singing “Get up Stand up”…of course everyone got up…but it wasn’t until a few minutes into the song that I realized the whole balcony was shaking….literally moving…I kept still to see if it was movement that I was really feeling…sure enough…it was…that’s when I started to hope that the balcony would hold….the balcony was full…even the isles…the Apollo is an old theater…..After the concert , I left feeling fulfilled and exhausted…Bob had taken all my energy…..any time he played NYC I was there….have never been to a concert that could surpass any Bob Marley concert since…….BLESS.”
Bob Marley & The Wailers The Apollo Theater New York, NY 10/26-27/79
This set contains songs recorded on October 26th and 27th, 1979 during the run at the Apollo
1. Positive Vibration 2. I Shot The Sheriff 3. War 4. Exodus 5. Call for Encore 6. No Woman, No Cry 7. Jammin’
Bob Marley & The Wailers The Apollo Theater New York, NY 10/28/79
 Positive Vibration [5:00]  Wake Up & Live [6:11]  The Heathen [5:08]  One Drop [4:32]  I Shot The Sheriff [4:39]  Runnin Away [3:59]  Crazy Baldhead// [1:17]  Zimbabwe [4:27]  War > [3:24]  No More Trouble [1:47]  Exodus [7:40] Encore:  No Woman No Cry [6:49]  Jammin// [4:27]