Bob Marley, Wailers play Cleveland’s Agora Theatre 1975

On June 16, 1975,  Bob Marley and The Wailers play the Agora Theater in Cleveland, Ohio.  Opening for them that night was a local act called 10-60-75 led by frontman Jack Kidney.  This local act’s live performance was captured on the soundboard and released as the Jimmy Bell’s Still In Town live album.

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Original ad from a 1975 Scene Magazine promoting 15-60-75 opening for Bob Marley and the Wailers at the Cleveland Agora on June 16, 1975.

 

Blurb from 1975 Scene Magazine promoting 15-60-75 opening for Bob Marley and the Wailers at the Cleveland Agora on June 16, 1975.

Blurb from 1975 Scene Magazine promoting 15-60-75 opening for Bob Marley and the Wailers at the Cleveland Agora on June 16, 1975.

 

10-60-75 front man Jack Kidney had some interesting recollections about seeing Bob Marley for the first time:

“I remember we were there at the Agora all day and that night that we recorded what became Jimmy Bell’s Still in Town we were opening for Bob Marley and the Wailers. It was a very tense situation.

Some of the fellows in the band were aware of who Bob Marley was though I wasn’t. I had heard about this fellow and reggae music but it was all very new to me. But we were there all day and had some minor interaction with Marley’s band though they didn’t want to have anything to do with us. I never did actually meet Bob Marley. That’s pretty true though about most opening act situations. Ya know they were from Jamaica, they didn’t know who we were or why we were there. They were suspicious of us and acting like I might do something to fuck them up. But that’s ok. I didn’t have a problem with that. They were probably being smart.

I remember that I never got a word in with Bob Marley. I did not say hello to him and he did not say hello to me. I did see him backstage though. Back then the Agora had separate dressing rooms; one for the opener and one for the headliner. Sometimes we got the headliner dressing room, sometimes we got the opener dressing room and there was no difference between them other than one room was a little more private. But I saw him backstage because he and the Wailers had to come through our dressing room to get to the stage.

Bob Marley went on to play and I was just mesmerized. I remember while he was playing I was thinking that there was a fire somewhere like ya know in the jungle and these people were taking me to this really mysterious wonderful place.

I don’t remember much about our performance. I remember being there and I remember playing the Hammond organ and playing the congas with David. I always enjoy doing that but I don’t have any real specific things that I can go to about what I remember about the performance other than the crowd just wanted us to be done and there was some tension because we’d already had two shots at making this record.

I remember I watched Bob Marley’s soundcheck and I remember that he was authoritarian about his music. Especially with the women singers. He wanted things exactly right. He was no high loose guy. He was 100 percent on the money professional like fucking Frank Sinatra. That’s the way that went down. It had to be right. As I look back on that night, that’s an aspect I find interesting.”

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Review of the show published in Scene 1975.

 

SETLIST

1. “Slave Driver”
2. “Burnin’ And Lootin'”
3. “Concrete Jungle”
4. “Kinky Reggae”
5. “Midnight Ravers”
6. “Lively Up Yourself”
7. “I Shot The Sheriff”
8. “Get Up, Stand Up”
9. “Nice Time”

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