Burnin' Tour

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Burnin' Tour 1973
Tour by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Start date mid October 1973
End date November 30, 1973
Legs 2
Shows 11 in England
14 in the U.S.
25 in total
Bob Marley & The Wailers concert chronology
Catch a Fire Tour
(1973)
Burnin' Tour
(1973)
Natty Dread Tour
(1975)

The Burnin' Tour was a concert tour organised to promote the album Burnin' by Bob Marley & The Wailers (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Joe Higgs).

The tour began in Homestead, Florida, in mid October 1973, and ended in Northampton, England, in late November. Bunny Wailer, who hadn't participated in the Catch a Fire Tour, was replaced by Joe Higgs. The first four shows of the second tour leg in England had been cancelled due to Tosh's illness. The tour ended in Northampton,at the Northampton College of further education, I was there it was not a packed audience and the stage was very low which meant I was within two feet of Bob as he sang! It was a spiritual experience he was so stoned he was kneeling on the floor as he sang into the mike, unforgettable. England; the rest of the tour was cancelled due to heavy snow.

During the tour, some crucial Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings had been made; the appearance at the Capitol Studios had been videotaped and has been used for several documentary movies. The appearance at Sausalito's Plant Studios had been broadcast live by KSAN and later officially released on the album Talkin' Blues. Furthermore, the appearances at BBC's Top Gear and at Leeds University had been recorded as well and later were officially released on the second disc of the deluxe edition of the Burnin' album.

Setlist[edit]

Unlike later tours, the setlist varied on almost every show, but there were some common features:

  • all shows included one or two songs by Peter Tosh ("Stop That Train" and/or "Can't Blame The Youth"), played in the middle of the set.
  • songs like "Rastaman Chant", "Duppy Conqueror", "Slave Driver", "Burnin' And Lootin'" or "Bend Down Low" were played in the first part of the set.
  • songs like "Get Up, Stand Up", "Kinky Reggae", "Stir It Up" and "Lively Up Yourself" were played towards the end of the set or as encores.
  • some shows featured also songs prior to 1973 ("Rude Boy", "Lively Up Yourself", "Bend Down Low").

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Notes
October 1973 Homestead, Florida United States  ?
October 13, 1973 Tampa, Florida Curtis Hixon Hall Opened for Sly & the Family Stone
October 1973 Lexington, Kentucky  ?
October 1973 Denver, Colorado  ?
October 1973 Las Vegas, Nevada  ?
October 16, 1973 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bijou Café
October 19, 1973 San Francisco, California The Matrix Club
October 20, 1973
October 22, 1973 Boulder, Colorado University of Colorado
October 24, 1973 Los Angeles, California Capitol Records
October 29, 1973 San Francisco, California The Matrix Club
October 30, 1973
October 31, 1973 Sausalito, California KSAN Broadcast The Plant Studios
November 5, 1973 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum Theater
November 19, 1973 Nottingham England  ? cancelled
November 20, 1973 Bradford  ? cancelled
November 21, 1973 Birmingham  ? cancelled
November 22, 1973 Stafford  ? cancelled
November 23, 1973 Blackpool The Locarno
November 24, 1973 Liverpool  ?
November 25, 1973 Doncaster Doncaster Outlook
November 26, 1973 London Top Gear BBC radio programme
November 27, 1973 Leeds Leeds Polytechnic Recording forms Disc 2 of 2004 deluxe edition of Burnin'
November 28, 1973 Manchester  ?
November 30, 1973 Northampton Northampton College of Education