Uprising Tour

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Uprising Tour 1980
Tour by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Start date May 30, 1980
End date September 23, 1980
Legs 2
Shows 33 in Europe
5 in the USA
38 in total
Bob Marley & The Wailers concert chronology
Survival Tour
(1979)
Uprising Tour
(1980)

The Uprising Tour was a concert tour organised to support the album Uprising by Bob Marley & The Wailers. It was Marley's last tour and the biggest music tour of Europe in that year.

The tour started at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, where Marley performed for the first time, on May 30, 1980, and ended at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1980, which was Marley's last concert. Two days prior to the Pittsburgh show, after playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, and was told to immediately cancel the U.S. leg of the tour, but he instead flew to Pittsburgh to perform one final performance. He was rumoured to go out on stage to say "Hi" to fans with Stevie Wonder during his performance of Master Blaster but this is not true. Marley went to a few treatment clinics in the United States, Boston, New York and Miami(Maybe Mexico). Each place gave him only a month to live. Marley then left for Germany to receive cancer treatment which eventually was not successful but prolonged his life 6 months more than any medical clinic in the United States predicted, as Marley died in May 1981.

The concert in Dortmund on June 13 has been broadcast in the 1990s by German TV station WDR in their Rockpalast concert series. Numerous other performances from the Uprising Tour have also been taped on video. The performance in Milan, Italy on June 27, when Marley performed for about 120,000 people in the sold-out San Siro stadium, is still regarded in Italy as the biggest music event ever. While on tour Marley performed for the first time in Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and Scotland.

Set list[edit]

The standard set list of the tour mostly looked like the following:

  1. "Natural Mystic"
  2. "Positive Vibration"
  3. "Revolution"
  4. "I Shot The Sheriff"
  5. "War" / "No More Trouble"
  6. "Zimbabwe"
  7. "Zion Train"
  8. "No Woman, No Cry"
  9. "Jammin'"
  10. "Exodus"
  11. "Redemption Song"
  12. "Natty Dread"
  13. "Work"
  14. "Could You Be Loved"
  15. "Is This Love"
  16. "Get Up, Stand Up"

As an introductory theme, the concerts often started with a version of the Stalag riddim by Winston Riley, with keyboardist Tyrone Downie chanting "Marley!" over the riddim while Marley coming to the stage (therefore the intro is commonly called "Marley Chant" among fans). Most shows had a standard set list which closed with "Exodus", and an encore set which usually ended with "Get Up, Stand Up". There were also performances of an earlier song, "Trenchtown Rock", which is not featured on any of Marley's Island albums released at that time.

For the short U.S. leg of the tour Marley changed the set list to be similar to the one from the Kaya Tour in 1978: he dropped "Revolution" and "Natty Dread" and added songs like "Burnin' And Lootin'" or "Them Belly Full" at the beginning, or "The Heathen" and the "Running Away" / "Crazy Baldhead" medley in the middle of the set list.

From show to show sometimes an additional song was edged in the middle of the set list, like "Lively Up Yourself", "Kinky Reggae", "Roots, Rock, Reggae", "Coming In From The Cold", "Bad Card", "Kaya", "Trenchtown Rock", "We And Them", "Three Little Birds", "Talkin' Blues" or "Forever Loving Jah". Live performances of each of these songs happened very rarely during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Notes
May 30, 1980 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 1, 1980 Munich Germany Reitstadion with Fleetwood Mac
June 3, 1980 Grenoble France Palais des Sports
June 4, 1980 Dijon Parc des Sports[disambiguation needed]
June 6, 1980 Cologne Germany Sporthalle
June 7, 1980 London England Crystal Palace Concert Bowl
June 8, 1980 Kaiserslautern Germany Fritz Walter Stadion with Fleetwood Mac
June 9, 1980 Strasbourg France Hall Rhenus
June 10, 1980 Orléans Parc des Expositions
June 11, 1980 Bordeaux Exposition Hall
June 13, 1980 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
June 14, 1980 Hamburg Ernst-Merck-Halle
June 16, 1980 Drammen Norway Drammenshallen
June 17, 1980 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
June 18, 1980 Copenhagen Denmark The Forum
June 20, 1980 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
June 21, 1980 Kassel Eissporthalle
June 22, 1980 Brussels Belgium Forest National
June 23, 1980 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy
June 24, 1980 Lille France Grand Palais
June 26, 1980 Toulon Stade Mayol
June 27, 1980 Milan Italy Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
June 28, 1980 Turin Stadio Comunale
June 29, 1980 Madrid Spain Estadio Román Valero cancelled
June 30, 1980 Barcelona Plaza de Toros
July 2, 1980 Nantes France Palais de la Beaujoire
July 3, 1980 Paris Le Bourget
July 6, 1980 Dublin Ireland Dalymount Park
July 8, 1980 Brighton England Brighton Conference Centre
July 9, 1980
July 10, 1980 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo
July 11, 1980
July 12, 1980 Queensferry Wales Deeside Leisure Centre
July 13, 1980 Stafford England New Bingley Hall
September 16, 1980 Boston, Massachusetts United States JB Hynes Auditorium
September 17, 1980 Providence, Rhode Island Meehan Auditorium
September 19, 1980 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden opener for The Commodores
September 20, 1980
September 23, 1980 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stanley Theater