Babylon by Bus Tour
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|Tour by Bob Marley & The Wailers|
|Start date||5 April 1979|
|End date||6 May 1979|
|No. of shows||
8 in Asia |
11 in Oceania
19 in total
|Bob Marley & The Wailers concert chronology|
The tour started in Japan on 5 April 1979, and ended in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 6 May 1979. The tour should have started with two shows in Ivory Coast in mid-March, but both concerts had been cancelled due to unknown reasons. The first leg led Marley through Japan where he performed for the first time, the second leg took place in various Oceanian places (New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii). It was Marley's only tour including concerts in Asia and Oceania.
After the tour Marley performed two historical concerts: his last performance in Jamaica, at the Reggae Sunsplash, and at the Amandla Festival in Boston's Harvard Stadium where he made a powerful and historical speech.
The standard setlist of the tour mostly looked like the following:
- "Positive Vibration"
- "Concrete Jungle"
- "Burnin' And Lootin'"
- "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"
- "The Heathen"
- "Running Away" / "Crazy Baldhead" (medley)
- "I Shot The Sheriff"
- "No Woman, No Cry"
- "Lively Up Yourself"
- "Is This Love?"
- "War" / "No More Trouble" (medley)
- "Get Up, Stand Up"
The setlist was very similar to that from the previous Kaya Tour, but in different order. 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.
From show to show sometimes an additional song was edged in the middle of the setlist, like "Stir It Up", "Punky Reggae Party" or "Natty Dread". Live performances of each of these songs happened very rarely during the tour.
|16 March 1979||Abidjan||Ivory Coast||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny||cancelled|
|17 March 1979||Palais des Congrès||cancelled|
|5 April 1979||Shinjuku, Tokyo||Japan||Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Kaikan|
|6 April 1979|
|7 April 1979||Shibuya, Tokyo||Shibuya Public Hall||2 shows|
|10 April 1979||Nakano, Tokyo||Nakano Sun Plaza||2 shows|
|11 April 1979||Osaka||Osaka Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan|
|13 April 1979||Festival Hall|
|16 April 1979||Auckland||New Zealand||Western Springs Stadium|
|18 April 1979||Brisbane||Australia||Festival Hall|
|20 April 1979||Adelaide||Apollo Stadium|
|21 April 1979|
|23 April 1979||Perth||Entertainment Centre|
|25 April 1979||Melbourne||Festival Hall|
|26 April 1979|
|27 April 1979||Sydney||Hordern Pavilion||according to itinerary 2 concerts were played, one on the 27 and then on the 28th, the last concert played in Australia.|
|1 May 1979||Melbourne||Festival Hall||according to the itinerary this date didn't exist or was played, last concert was Sydney 28 April.|
|5 May 1979 7:30 PM||Lahaina, Hawaii||United States||Lahaina Civic Center|
|6 May 1979 8 PM||Honolulu, Hawaii||Waikiki Shell|