Bowing to the inevitable - I wonder how long this idea has been on the table - the Marley boys are taking to the road to celebrate dad's legacy and do a few tunes of their own as well:
- Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Damian and Ky-Mani Marley - five sons of music legend Bob Marley - have announced the debut and launch of the "Bob Marley: Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival." The summer concert tour will kick off in Virginia in early August with a four-week series of North American dates. The cross-continent itinerary - which will see the four brothers performing as part of one uniquely talented band - marks the first time the iconic reggae pioneer's family has officially presented and collaborated on a tour, coast-to-coast under their father's name.
Launched in association with the William Morris Agency, the festival-styled performances will see the Marley siblings performing a mix of each brother's individual solo material in addition to many of their father's best-loved classics. With some two-dozen dates slated across North America, the tour will also feature such diverse star performers as Toots and the Maytals, Common, Nappy Roots, Blackalicious, Slightly Stoopid, Looner and Stone Love featuring MC/DJ G-Fuss.
Bob Marley's music - now 23 years since the artist's passing in 1981 - remains timeless and universal alongside his reputation as one of the most charismatic and influential singer/songwriters in popular music history. In 1994, Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and five years later his celebrated song, "Get Up, Stand Up," was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In the U.S., Bob Marley & the Wailers have nine RIAA gold-certified albums and one double-platinum album, along with the 10-times platinum certified hits collection, "Legend."
The Marleys, Toots, Slightly Stoopid, Looner and Stone Love featuring MC/DJ G-Fuss will be on all dates. Common, Blackalicious and Nappy Roots will appear on select dates only.