Bob Marley ‘Exodus’ Anniversary Concert Planned

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Exodus 40 Live, an all-star concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s landmark Exodus album, is set to take place at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater on Nov. 1.

The show will feature Marley’s sons, Ziggy and Stephen, as well as Jim James, Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr., Citizen Cope, Aloe Blacc, Cyril Neville and Terence Higgins. Other acts are to be announced in the coming weeks. Don Was will serve as the musical director.

Tickets (on sale today, Sept. 29) and further information can be found here.

The concert follows the release earlier this year of Exodus 40: The Movement Continues, an album that featured lead vocal outtakes, ad-libs and more from the original recording sessions for Exodus.

Bob Marley (photo from his Wikipedia page)

In a statement explaining the reasoning behind the show, Blackbird Presents said, “In early 1977, Marley flew to London after escalating political violence in Jamaica led to an assassination attempt on his life. During his sojourn there, Marley and the Wailers recorded the heartfelt musical masterpiece, Exodus. From the soulful skanking in ‘Jamming’ to the funky gravitas of ‘Exodus’ to the sweet melody of ‘One Love/People Get Ready,’ the songs went on to become a seminal album to renowned musicians and fans everywhere. In 1999, Time magazine declared Bob Marley’s Exodus the best album of the 20th century, and BBC designated ‘One Love’ as the song of the century.”

Said Don Was, “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,” said Don Was in a statement. “I am thrilled to be a part of this show with Ziggy and Stephen, and perform these songs for the fans.”

Related: More about Exodus 40—The Movement Continues

Added Keith Wortman, founder and CEO of Blackbird Presents, “Bob Marley’s songs, and the songs of Exodus, are more important than ever. I can’t think of any better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic album than alongside his family and these incredible musicians.”

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