A special concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reggae legend Bob Marley’s Exodus album has been announced. The late star’s family will mark the occasion with a one-off Los Angeles concert featuring an all-star cast of contributors including Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr and Bob Marley’s sons Ziggy and Stephen.
Citizen Cope, Aloe Blacc, Cyril Neville and more artists will also take part in the Exodus 40 Live event, which is scheduled for 1 November 2017 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater.
The Exodus 40 Live concert follows Ziggy Marley’s “restatement” of his father’s LP, dubbed Exodus 40: The Movement Continues, which featured lead vocal outtakes, ad-libs and more from Bob Marley And The Wailers’ original Exodus recording sessions.
“After listening to Ziggy’s restatement of Exodus 40: The Movement Continues, the album struck me as something so powerful and rarely seen live in its entirety,” music director and producer Don Was said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be a part of this show with Ziggy and Stephen, and perform these songs for the fans.”
Exodus, Bob Marley’s ninth studio LP, featured the singer’s legendary singles ‘Jamming,’ ‘Three Little Birds’ and ‘One Love’/‘People Get Ready’ in addition to long-term fan favourites such as ‘Waiting In Vain’ and ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’. Marley recorded the album during his exile in London – the result of a failed assassination attempt on the reggae superstar in his native Jamaica, on 3 December 1976.
Originally released by Island Records in June 1977, the album was critically acclaimed and commercially successful. It peaked at No.20 on North America’s Billboard 200 and remained on the UK album chart for 56 consecutive weeks, peaking at No.8.
Tickets for the LA event go on sale 29 September at Ticketmaster. Additional participating artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
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