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Back in the Day: Bob Marley's last live show

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Back in the Day: Bob Marley's last live show


September 23, 1980. Bob Marley performs at what will be his last ever live concert at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, USA. Three years earlier Marley had been diagnosed with cancer and as he continued to record and tour, his health deteriorated. In the summer of 1980 he and his group The Wailers played their biggest ever concerts in Europe to tour the ‘Uprising’ album released in May that year. They then flew to America for tour dates in Boston and New York. Two days before his concert in Pittsburgh, Marley collapsed while jogging around Central Park. Doctors subsequently discovered a brain tumour and gave him one month to live but the band wanted to keep playing and honour the sell-out Pittsburgh gig. With his illness worsening though, the rest of the tour was cancelled and Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica ten days later.

Also on September 23: discovery of the planet Neptune (1846); founding of Nintendo, which at the time sold playing cards (1889); creation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1932) The Shawshank Redemption opens in American cinemas (1994).

Born on September 23: Ray Charles (1930), Romy Schneider (1938), Julio Iglesias (1943), Bruce Springsteen (1949), Paolo Rossi (1955).

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