The Greatest Bob Marley Live Concert Moments

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Imagine it. You’re going to see Bob Marley live in concert. The electricity flows through the crowd. There is a hushed silence and then… BOOM! Aston Barrett’s bass hits you in the face as the Wailers engulf you in sound. Bob appears and commands the stage for two hours with a special aura that will never be matched.

If you never saw Bob Marley live in concert, you missed out. Thanks to bootlegs, there are hundreds of rare recordings that capture the intense performances of the Wailers. Strap on a pair of our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones and check out this list of the greatest Bob Marley live concert moments. From massive arenas to intimate club shows, there is magic in these recordings rarely seen anywhere else in music history.

Smile Jamaica Concert, Kingston, Jamaica, 1976

Two days after gunmen attempted to assassinate him, Bob Marley trudged on to play one of his biggest concerts ever. Opening up with an intense medley of “War,” “No More Trouble” and “Get Up Stand Up,” National Heroes Park erupted into one mass of dancing bodies.

Live in London, England, 1977

On four consecutive nights in 1977, Bob Marley and the Wailers played the Rainbow Theatre and recorded one of the greatest live albums ever, Live! At the Rainbow. Unlike most live records, this album launched three monster singles and stayed in the charts for over a year.

One Love Peace Concert, Kingston, Jamaica, 1978

Jamaica was at a dividing point and only one man could put it back together. Bob Marley returned from his self-imposed exile for the One Love Peace Concert and united Jamaica’s two opposing political parties. He followed this up with one of his most soul stirring performances ever.

Live in Santa Barbara, California, 1979

Just after the release of Survival, The Wailers embarked on a major US tour, but the highlight was a show at the beautiful Santa Barbara Bowl. Built right into the side of a large hill, the venue had a mystic vibe and it fed into the electric feel of Marley’s set. Stocked with hits like “Positive Vibration,” “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Get Up, Stand Up,” this concert is a thing of beauty.

Live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1980

Before passing in 1981, Bob Marley’s live concert experience reached its apex at his final show in Pennsylvania. Three encores, a fully stacked set list and a stunning near seven minute version of “Get Up Stand Up” made Marley’s final show unlike anything else ever seen in music history.

Jam These Bob Marley Covers On Our New “Get Up Stand Up” Home Audio System

When deciding what to name the new House of Marley home audio system, which is now available to fans in select countries, we had a relatively short list of song candidates. “Get Up Stand Up” quickly topped that list. Written by Bob Marley and his Wailer bandmate Peter Tosh, “Get Up Stand Up” is known as one of Marley’s signature songs and appeared on the 1973 record, Burnin’. The cultural relevance of the song runs deep and has persevered as one of the most popular Bob Marley covers by new artists.

From hip-hop and reggae to classic rockers and major pop stars, it’s no surprise that Bob Marley covers show up in all shapes and sizes. Often utilized as a mantra for protest, “Get Up Stand Up” has been proclaimed in songs by Guru, Common and Public Enemy. In the classic mid-90s hip-hop track, “Jayou,” Jurassic 5 don’t exactly perform a traditional Bob Marley cover, but rather sample the melody via a recurring woodwind loop.

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Elsewhere, there are more traditional Bob Marley covers of “Get Up Stand Up” throughout the past four decades. The Rolling Stones, who formed as an R&B band, later took a reggae turn in the late ‘70s when Marley’s popularity soared. On their Bigger Bang tour in 2005, The Stones paid homage to their hero with a spot-on cover of “Get Up Stand Up.” The recent queen of Bob Marley covers, Rihanna, has also chalked up a new version of the 1973 classic on a recent mixtape.

Listening to “Get Up Stand Up” isn’t just like listening to any other song. It’s an experience. The Marley sound will have you up and out of your seat and when pumped through the House of Marley’s Get Up Stand Up home audio system, it will have you ready for a revolution. Check out these Bob Marley covers we’ve collected below on your brand new Get Up Stand Up and prepare for a funky reggae party.

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Get Up Stand Up With The New House of Marley iPod Sound System

The House of Marley has become synonymous with creating eco-friendly headphones and we are now adding a new Marley iPod sound system to our family of products. The new House of Marley speakers, dubbed the Get Up Stand Up, packs the most powerful punch of any iPod sound system around, while still being built with sustainable materials.

Crafted with FSC certified Birch wood, the Get Up Stand Up portable audio system comes in a rich walnut color and is also emblazoned with our own infinity logo. Meant to be the centerpiece of any room, this iPod sound system has an effortless style that takes inspiration from the home sound systems of the 1970s.

“We thought back to how people used to admire the large floor speakers back in the 1970s and ‘80s and how those speakers were design elements in the home. Our Get Up Stand Up system delivers exceptional audio quality in a strikingly beautiful design, while staying true to our values and commitment to the planet,” Rohan Marley said of the new House of Marley speakers system.

Outfitted with our “Signature Sound” technology, these House of Marley speakers deliver booming bass and timely treble via twin 1” tweeters, twin 4.5” high-definition woofers and a powerful amplifier. While most speaker systems created today are the product of big box manufacturing, each House of Marley iPod sound system undergoes custom tuning to ensure that your Get Up Stand Up is just right for playing the sounds of Trenchtown Rock.

Now available in the United States, Canada and Australia, the Get Up Stand Up iPod sound system is a sign of what is to come from House of Marley. Stay tuned for the expansion of the House of Marley audio line with more earth friendly technology and a new line of lifestyle products, including our Lively Up bag line, watches and other accessories. In the meantime, let the Get Up Stand Up guide you into the new season with ease and prepare to #LiveMarley this fall.

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