Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the Meehan Auditorium, Brown University in Providence, RI on September 17, 1980 in support of the Uprising album.  This performance is of note because it took place just days prior to Marley’s collapse in New York City and his diagnosis with terminal brain cancer.  The Wailers are as lively as ever during this performance, and the show is a testament to Marley’s strength, commitment, and sense of duty to his fans.  Bob Marley is bestowed an award during the encore presentation, all of which is captured on the recording.  The show is presented here in its entirety.  This bootleg has been circulating for years as an audience recording, however, it is presented here as a soundboard recording in lossless format (FLAC).  Enjoy!

Interesting sidenote:  My good friend Fred “Reggaelover” P turned me on to Bob’s performance of Roots, Rock, Reggae during this performance, where he does a bit of ad-libbing and switches some lyrics.

Brown University, Providence, RI 1980

Bob Marley and the Wailers, Providence, RI, September 17, 1980


Band lineup

Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
Aston Barrett, bass
Carlton Barrett, drums
Junior Marvin, lead guitar
Al Anderson, lead guitar
Tyrone Downie, keyboards
Earl “Wya” Lindo, organ
Alvin Patterson, percussion
The I-Threes, backing vocals

Set List

Natural Mystic
Positive Vibration
Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
War – No More Trouble
Running Away – Crazy Baldheads
I Shot the Sheriff
No Woman No Cry
Encore break
Award Presentation
Redemption Song
Coming In From The Cold
Could You Be Loved
Roots Rock Reggae
Is This Love
Kinky Reggae
Get Up Stand Up

Providence 1980

Photos © Larry Fox