Catch a Fire Tour

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Catch a Fire Tour 1973
Tour by The Wailers
Start date April 27, 1973
End date July 21, 1973
Legs 2
Shows 28 in England
9 in the United States
37 in total
The Wailers concert chronology
Catch a Fire Tour
Burnin' Tour

The Catch a Fire was a concert tour organised to support the album Catch a Fire by The Wailers (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer).

The tour began at the Coleman Club in Nottingham, England, on April 27, 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.[citation needed] [1] 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").

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
April 1973 Peckham United Kingdom Admiral Ken's Bouncing Ball Club cancelled
April 27, 1973 Nottingham Coleman Club
April 28, 1973 Lancaster Lancaster University
April 29, 1973 Peckham Mr. B's
May 1, 1973 London The Old Grey Whistle Test
BBC TV music show
Top Gear
BBC radio program
May 2, 1973 Hatfield Hatfield Polytechnic
May 4, 1973 Heslington University of York
May 5, 1973 Manchester Manchester University
May 6, 1973 Wolverhampton 67 Club
May 8, 1973 Colchester Essex University
May 9, 1973 Bristol Boobs
May 11, 1973 Stafford North Staffs Polytechnic
with Roy Wood's Wizzard
May 12, 1973 Teesside Middleton St. George College
May 13, 1973 Peckham Mr. B's
May 15, 1973 London The Speakeasy Club
May 16, 1973
May 17, 1973
May 18, 1973
May 19, 1973 Hitchin Town Hall
May 20, 1973 Hammersmith Greyhound Pub
May 22, 1973 Northampton Fantasia
May 23, 1973 Leicester Leicester Polytechnic
May 24, 1973 London Paris Theatre
BBC radio show
May 25, 1973 Exmouth Rolle College
May 26, 1973 Bristol Bamboo Club
May 27, 1973 Hitchin Sundown
May 28, 1973 Birmingham Birmingham Top Rank
May 29, 1973 Southampton Coach House
July 11, 1973 Boston United States Paul's Mall
July 12, 1973
July 13, 1973
July 14, 1973
July 15, 1973
July 18, 1973 New York City Max's Kansas City
Opening act for Bruce Springsteen
July 19, 1973
July 20, 1973
July 21, 1973


  1. ^ White 1983, p, 251


  • White, Timothy. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983. 51. Print.