Rastaman Vibration Tour

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Rastaman Vibration Tour 1976
Tour by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Start date 23 April 1976 (1976-04-23)
End date 27 June 1976 (1976-06-27)
Legs 2
Number of shows 27 in North America
19 in Europe
46 in total
Bob Marley & The Wailers concert chronology

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

The tour began at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on 23 April 1976, and ended in Manchester, England, on 27 June 1976. On the tour's second leg Marley performed for the first time in continental Europe and premiered in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. After the tour Marley performed the Smile Jamaica Concert in his homeland Jamaica, after being shot a couple of days before. The album Live At the Roxy was recorded during this tour, on 26 May.


After the first third of the tour the setlists became more standardised and mostly looked like the following:

  • "Trenchtown Rock"
  • "Burnin' and Lootin'"
  • "them Belly Full (but We Hungry)"
  • "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"
  • "I Shot The Sheriff"
  • "Crazy Baldheads"
  • "Want More"
  • "No Woman, No Cry"
  • "Lively Up Yourself"
  • "Roots, Rock, Reggae"
  • "Rat Race"
  • "Positive Vibration"
  • "Get Up, Stand Up" / "War" / "No More Trouble" (medley)

At the beginning of the tour, for example during the four shows at the Beacon Theater when Marley experimented and changed the setlist much more than later during the tour, a gospel-like medley of two Nyabinghi chants ("Rastaman Chant" and "Lion Of Judah") and a brief reggae riff ("Keep The Faith") had been performed at the beginning instead of "Trenchtown Rock". Since the Nyabinghi chants were very meditative and slow until it segued into the lively reggae riff, it was decided to replace the long medley by the classic and instantly-lively "Trenchtown Rock" to better catch the audience from the beginning, as seen during the Natty Dread Tour in 1975 where "Trenchtown Rock" was the opening song as well.

All songs from the Rastaman Vibration album had been performed at least once, except for "Who the Cap Fit" (which was performed once during the Kaya Tour in 1978) and "Cry To Me". There were also performances of an earlier song which is not featured on any of Marley's Island albums released at that time ("Trenchtown Rock").

From show to show sometimes an additional song was edged in somewhere in the setlist, like "Slave Driver", "Johnny Was", "Night Shift", "Bend Down Low", "Crazy Baldhead" or "Jah Live". Live performances of each of these songs happened very rarely during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
23 April 1976 Upper Darby United States Tower Theater
24 April 1976 Washington, D.C. McDonough Arena
25 April 1976
2 shows
Boston Music Hall
30 April 1976
2 shows
New York City Beacon Theatre
1 May 1976
2 shows
4 May 1976 Montreal Canada Centre Sportif
5 May 1976
2 shows
Toronto Convocation Hall
6 May 1976 Buffalo United States Century Theater
7 May 1976 Cleveland Public Auditorium
10 May 1976 Detroit Detroit Masonic Temple
11 May 1976 Chicago Auditorium Theatre
13 May 1976 Minneapolis Orchestra Hall
14 May 1976 St. Louis Ambassador Theatre
20 May 1976 Houston Houston Music Hall
22 May 1976 Denver Denver Auditorium Arena
24 May 1976 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
25 May 1976 San Diego San Diego Civic Theatre
26 May 1976 West Hollywood Roxy Theatre
27 May 1976 Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium
29 May 1976 Oakland Paramount Theatre
30 May 1976
31 May 1976 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
1 June 1976 Miami  ?
2 June 1976 Natchez Natchez Little Theatre
3 June 1976 CL Club
6 June 1976 Offenburg Germany Messegelände (Sunrise Festival)
8 June 1976 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
9 June 1976 Hamburg Laeiszhalle
10 June 1976 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
13 June 1976 Amsterdam Netherlands Jaap Eden baan
14 June 1976 Paris France Annulé
15 June 1976 London England Hammersmith Odeon
16 June 1976
17 June 1976
2 shows
18 June 1976
2 shows
19 June 1976 Cardiff Wales Ninian Park (West Coast Rock Show)
20 June 1976 Wolverhampton England Wolverhampton Civic Hall
22 June 1976 Birmingham Birmingham Odeon
23 June 1976 Bristol Colston Hall
24 June 1976 Exeter Great Hall, University of Exeter
26 June 1976
2 shows
Leeds University of Leeds
27 June 1976 Manchester Belle Vue Zoological Gardens