Recently released for the first time, Live Forever is a two-disc set that documents Bob Marley’s last concert before cancer took his life eight months later.

Bob Marley & the Wailers
Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980
UMe/Tuff Gong International


Recently released for the first time, Live Forever is a two-disc set that documents Bob Marley’s last concert before cancer took his life eight months later. Marley was already in pain, but he was in top form, musically. Supporting the Uprising album, the show’s set list played heavily on Marley’s religious roots-based material. Guitarists will note Junior Marvin’s, Al Anderson’s, and Bob Marley’s studio-tight guitar tapestries on songs like “Coming in from the Cold” and “Could You Be Loved.” Their skanks and galloping lines are woven together almost imperceptibly in their song-serving mission. The effects-laden accents in songs like “Get Up, Stand Up” and the gritty rock tones in the solos for “Is This Love” and “Them Heathen” are also worth noting, as they foreshadow where reggae guitar was heading. Live Forever is a fascinating time capsule that serves as the missing bookend to any Marley fan’s collection or a fitting live recording for the casual reggae listener who is finally ready to dig deeper than Legend.

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Presets extend the flexibility of an already expansive and easy-to-use reverb.

Intuitive. Great range in all controls. Well-built.

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Walrus Audio Slötvå
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I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I’m breaking down all over and my shoulder is the latest to crumble. When I was a kid I would practice guitar in my bedroom near a radiator with an ungrounded amp plug and I’d get a zap right through my guitar and into my hands. Well, my shoulder pain is like that now, only without the cool story of rock ’n’ roll survival. I simply woke up one day like this. After a few weeks of discomfort, I figured I’d try out a new pillow, since mine are flattened like a wafer. I ventured out to the mall and, much to my sadness, saw the local Sears store shuttered, with weeds growing up from the sidewalks and concrete barriers blocking the large glass doors. I know I don’t get out much, but, man, was I sad to see the Sears store I’d known since childhood closed-up like that. My wife was laughing at me because apparently it had been closed for some time. But since I seem to exist on a separate timeline than most folks, it was all news to me.

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