Catch a Fire Tour
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|Tour by The Wailers|
|Start date||27 April 1973|
|End date||21 July 1973|
|Number of shows||28 in England
9 in the United States
37 in total
|The Wailers concert chronology|
The tour began at the Coleman Club in Nottingham, England, on 27 April 1973, as the first show in Peckham had been cancelled before, and ended with four shows at Max's Kansas City in New York City, in late July. In October they performed as an opening act for the Atlee Yeager Band and Sly and the Family Stone (who served as the headliners), in a figure skating hall in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The majority of the audience thought The Wailers, an American rock band, would perform, but they were surprised seeing a Jamaican band; Mark Paul, the drummer of the Atlee Yeager Band said that they looked like biblical figures from the Old Testament.  Bunny Wailer refused to participate in the second tour leg in the United States and was replaced by Joe Higgs.
Unlike on later tours and although very little is publicly known yet about the concert setlist of the Catch a Fire Tour, the setlist greatly varied on almost every show. What can be said from the known recordings is that:
- all songs from the album had been performed at least once, except for "Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)"
- all shows included one or two songs by Peter Tosh (mostly "Stop That Train", sometimes also "400 Years")
- songs like "Rastaman Chant", "Slave Driver", "Burnin' And Lootin'" or "Lively Up Yourself" were rather played in the first part of the set when performed.
- songs like "Get Up, Stand Up", "Kinky Reggae" and "Concrete Jungle" were rather played towards the end of the set when performed.
- most shows featured also some songs prior to 1973 ("Rude Boy", "Lively Up Yourself", "Put It On", "Bend Down Low", "Don't Rock My Boat") and one song from the following album Burnin' ("Get Up, Stand Up").
- White 1983, p, 251
- White, Timothy. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983. 51. Print.