Kaya Tour

Kaya Tour 1978
Tour by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Start date 18 May 1978
End date 5 August 1978
Legs 3
No. of shows 40 in North America

12 in Europe

52 in total
Bob Marley & The Wailers concert chronology

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

The tour was initially set to begin in early May in Miami, but the first six shows had to be postponed due to lead guitarist Junior Marvin's cocaine problems. Therefore, the tour began in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on 18 May 1978, and ended in Miami on 5 August 1978. The tour was divided into three legs, two U.S. legs and one European leg between. Before the tour Marley performed at the One Love Peace Concert on 22 April 1978.

Numerous concerts including the performances in Paris' Pavillon Baltard were recorded in order to release a second live album, Babylon by Bus which is a compilation of songs performed in Paris as well as from earlier shows from the tours in 1975 and 1976.

On 21 July, Peter Tosh, who was on tour with The Rolling Stones and performing in Anaheim, stopped by the Starlight Bowl in Burbank (where Bob was playing) and performed "Get Up, Stand Up" with Marley. Mick Jagger is said to have watched the entire show from off stage.

On 23 July, the birthday of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, reincarnated God of the Rastafari movement, Marley performed in Santa Barbara and did a very rare live performance of his song Sun Is Shining.

While on the tour Marley performed for the first time in Spain and Norway, and also premiered at the Madison Square Garden.

Steel Pulse were the opening act on several of Marley's European dates on the tour.

Setlist [ edit ]

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

  • "Positive Vibration"
  • "them Belly Full (but We Hungry)"
  • "Concrete Jungle"
  • "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"
  • "the Heathen"
  • "War" / "No More Trouble" (medley)
  • "Running Away" / "Crazy Baldhead" (medley)
  • "Crisis"
  • "I Shot The Sheriff"
  • "No Woman, No Cry"
  • "is this Love"
  • "Jamming"
  • "Lively Up Yourself"
  • "Easy Skanking"
  • "Get Up, Stand Up"
  • "Exodus"

At the beginning of the tour a Nyabinghi chant called "So Long Rastafari" (sometimes as a medley with "Time Will Tell") had been performed at the start of the show, followed by "Concrete Jungle", "Burnin' and Lootin'" and "them Belly Full (but We Hungry)". Since the Nyabinghi chant was very meditative and slow until it segued into the lively reggae beat of "Concrete Jungle", it was decided to replace the chant by the classic and instantly lively "Positive Vibration" to better catch the audience from the beginning. The same procedure was done at the beginning of the Rastaman Vibration Tour in 1976 when a medley of Nyabinghi chants, like "Lion of Judah" and "Rastaman Chant", opened the sets, but was later replaced.

It is reported that all songs from the Kaya album had been performed at least once. There are reports of various people (concert attenders, band members) that Marley did unusual long concerts in Ann Arbor Michigan, Lenox, Massachusetts, and Oslo (Norway), each with a setlist full of rarely performed songs. There were also performances of an earlier song, "Punky Reggae Party", which is not featured on any of Marley's Island albums released at that time, but was released as a single in 1977. When performed it was part of a medley along with "Get Up, Stand Up".

From show to show sometimes an additional song was edged in somewhere in the setlist, like "Slave Driver", "Burnin' and Lootin'", "Punky Reggae Party", "Kaya", "Sun Is Shining", "Time Will Tell", "One Love", "Natural Mystic", "Waiting in Vain", "So Much Things To Say", "Talkin' Blues", "Who the Cap Fit", "Rat Race" and "Roots, Rock, Reggae". Live performances of each of these songs happened very rarely during the tour.

Tour dates [ edit ]

Date City Country Venue
5 May 1978 Miami United States Jai Alai Fronton Cancelled
6 May 1978 Atlanta Fox Theatre Cancelled
7 May 1978 New Orleans The Warehouse Cancelled
11 May 1978 Houston Music Hall Cancelled
12 May 1978 Fort Worth Will Rogers Auditorium Cancelled
14 May 1978 Austin Paramount Theater, University of Texas Cancelled
18 May 1978 Ann Arbor Hill Auditorium
19 May 1978 Cleveland Public Auditorium
24 May 1978 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium

The Imperials opened
25 May 1978 Madison Orpheum Theater

2 shows
27 May 1978 Chicago Uptown Theatre
29 May 1978 Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

2 shows
30 May 1978 Minneapolis Northrop Auditorium
2 June 1978 Pittsburgh Stanley Theatre
3 June 1978 Syracuse Landmark Theatre
4 June 1978 Detroit Detroit Masonic Temple
5 June 1978 Philadelphia The Spectrum Theater
8 June 1978 Boston Music Hall

2 shows
9 June 1978 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens

Tower of Power opened
10 June 1978 Montreal Montreal Forum

Tower of Power opened
11 June 1978 Buffalo United States Shea's Buffalo Cancelled
12 June 1978 Poughkeepsie Civic Center
14 June 1978 Shelton Pinecrest Country Club
16 June 1978 Landover Capital Centre
17 June 1978 New York City Madison Square Garden
18 June 1978 Lenox Music Inn
22 June 1978 Stafford England New Bingley Hall
25 June 1978 Paris France Pavillon de Paris
26 June 1978
27 June 1978
28 June 1978 Ibiza Spain Plaza de Toros
29 June 1978 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium Cancelled
30 June 1978 Stockholm Gröna Lund
1 July 1978 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
2 July 1978 Horten Norway Horten Festival
4 July 1978 Gdańsk Poland Hala Olivia
7 July 1978 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
8 July 1978 Geleen IJshall
9 July 1978 Brussels Belgium Forest National
13 July 1978 London England Top of the Pops

BBC TV broadcast
14 July 1978 Vancouver Canada Queen Elizabeth Theatre

2 shows
15 July 1978 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre

2 shows
16 July 1978 Portland Paramount Theatre
18 July 1978 Santa Cruz Civic Center

2 shows
20 July 1978 Berkeley Greek Theatre, University of California
21 July 1978 Burbank Starlight Bowl

Peter Tosh special appearance
22 July 1978 San Diego Peterson Gym
23 July 1978 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
24 July 1978 Burbank Starlight Bowl
25 July 1978 Los Angeles The Roxy Theatre
27 July 1978 Austin Municipal Auditorium
28 July 1978 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
29 July 1978 Houston Music Hall
30 July 1978 New Orleans The Warehouse
1 August 1978 Atlanta Fox Theatre
5 August 1978 Miami Jai Alai Fronton
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