Natty Dread Tour

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Natty Dread Tour 1975
Tour by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Start date June 5, 1975
End date July 20, 1975
Legs 2
Shows 34 in North America
4 in England
38 in total
Bob Marley & The Wailers concert chronology
Burnin' Tour
(1973)
Natty Dread Tour
(1975)
Rastaman Vibration Tour
(1976)

The Natty Dread Tour was a concert tour organised to support the album Natty Dread by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

The tour began in Miami, Florida, on June 5, 1975, and ended in Manchester, England, on July 20, 1975. In late June Marley did 14 shows in seven days at Paul's Mall in Boston. During the second tour leg in England the first live album Live! was recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom in London. Before the tour started Marley performed a concert along with Jackson Five in March in Kingston. After the tour Marley performed the Wonder Dream Concert, featuring Stevie Wonder and his old bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

While on the Natty Dread Tour Marley did his first performance outside Jamaica, England and the United States when playing the Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada.

Setlist[edit]

The standard setlist of the tour mostly looked like the following:

  • "Trenchtown Rock"
  • "Slave Driver"
  • "Burnin' and Lootin'"
  • "Concrete Jungle"
  • "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"
  • "Them Belly Full (but We Hungry)" (frequently)
  • "I Shot The Sheriff"
  • "Kinky Reggae"
  • "Midnight Ravers"
  • "No Woman, No Cry"
  • "Natty Dread"
  • "Talkin' Blues"
  • "Lively Up Yourself"
  • "Get Up, Stand Up"

All songs from the Natty Dread album had been performed at least once, except for "Revolution" (which was a standard song during the Uprising Tour in 1980). There were performances of two earlier songs which are not featured on any of Marley's Island albums released at that time: "Trenchtown Rock" and "Nice Time".

From show to show sometimes an additional song was edged in the middle of the setlist, like "No More Trouble", "Nice Time", "So Jah Seh", "Bend Down Low" and "Stir It Up". Live performances of each of these songs happened very rarely during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Notes
June 5, 1975 Miami, Florida United States Diplomat Hotel
June 8, 1975 Toronto, Ontario Canada Massey Hall
June 9, 1975 Chicago, Illinois United States Quiet Knight Club
June 10, 1975
June 14, 1975 Detroit, Michigan Showcase Theater Shotgun opened
June 16, 1975 Cleveland, Ohio Agora Theater
June 18, 1975 New York City, New York Schaefer Music Festival Wollman Skating Rink
June 20, 1975 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum Theater
June 21, 1975 New York City, New York Manhattan Center
June 22, 1975 Hartford, Connecticut Bushnell Memorial Hall
June 23, 1975 Boston, Massachusetts Paul's Mall 2 shows per night
June 24, 1975 2 shows per night
June 25, 1975 2 shows per night
June 26, 1975 2 shows per night
June 27, 1975 2 shows per night
June 28, 1975 2 shows per night
June 29, 1975 2 shows per night
July 4, 1975 San Francisco, California The Boarding House
July 5, 1975
July 6, 1975
July 7, 1975
July 8, 1975 Oakland, California Paramount Theater
July 9, 1975 Los Angeles, California Roxy Theatre
July 10, 1975
July 11, 1975
July 12, 1975
July 13, 1975
July 17, 1975 London England Lyceum Theatre
July 18, 1975
July 19, 1975 Birmingham The Odeon Third World opened
July 20, 1975 Manchester The Hard Rock