Reggae legend Bob Marley’s hits will be featured in a live stage show when “Legend” comes to The Playhouse in Weston in the UK on September 17, 2016. The performance takes viewers on a tour through Marley’s ska roots playing with the Wailers. They will hear iconic songs like “Get Up, Stand Up” and “Stir It Up.’ These represent the height of Marley’s recording career during the 1970s and 80s.
Bob Marley was notable during his career as someone who really “came to life” on stage. His “Live!” album, a recording resulting from the “Natty Dread” tour and which was released in 1975, changed the music landscape forever, transforming reggae into a well known pop music genre and positioning a live-performance album as a tool for making an artist’s persona. The “Live!” tracks display Marley’s style evolution in which his music became more politically focused, relying increasingly on the roots of African and Caribbean traditions. The very appearance of Marley, with his dreads, big grin, and gaunt face, were the so-called X-factor that made personal appearances of his band so imposing and impressive. The “Legend” live stage show recreates the magical presence of Marley at his peak. His influence on music continues to this day, and his recording “Exodus” won the Album of the Century Award from Time magazine. The “Legend” album has sold 10 million copies to date.