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The Babylon by Bus Tour was a concert tour organised to support the album Babylon by Bus by Bob Marley & The Wailers. It was also to popularize Marley and reggae music in Asia and Oceania.

Babylon by Bus Tour 1979
Tour by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Start date5 April 1979
End date6 May 1979
No. of shows8 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"
  • "Jammin'"
  • "Is This Love?"
  • "War" / "No More Trouble" (medley)
  • "Get Up, Stand Up"
  • "Exodus"

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.

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Notes
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.[citation needed]
1 May 1979 Melbourne Festival Hall according to the itinerary this date didn't exist or was played, last concert was Sydney 28 April.[citation needed]
5 May 1979 7:30 PM Lahaina, Hawaii United States Lahaina Civic Center
6 May 1979 8 PM Honolulu, Hawaii Waikiki Shell