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Live review: MAX ROMEO wows Bristol

Famed Jamaican reggae artist MAX ROMEO finally made it to Bristol last week [20 September] to perform for a capacity crowd at The Fleece.

The roots reggae legend was just 30 minutes late for his allotted 9pm slot, which was just about enough time for PAPPA ROOTS SOUND SYSTEM to limber up the expectant crowd.

ROMEO came on stage backed by the excellent CHARMAX BAND, half of which were female musicians, who shifted seamlessly between classics such as “One Step Forward”, “Selassie I Forever” and “Time For Jah”.

Still in strong voice after 50 years in the business, ROMEO’s stand out tracks included “Uptown Babies Don't Cry”, “Perilous Time” and an interesting adaptation of “Three Blind Mice”.

For the encore Bristol got the hits, from “War Ina Babylon”, “Chase The Devil” through to a cover of THE SKATALITES’ “Ska Ska Ska”.

After taking his heavyweight tour around Europe, Bristol finally got a glimpse of one of Jamaica’s best performers.

Several decades into his career, ROMEO remains a giant of the genre and rarely disappoints live. 

Last year MAX ROMEO released his Father & Sons album, featuring ROMINAL, on the Charmax label.

He is currently working on a new album with Daniel Boyle who recently worked with LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY on his Back At The Controls record.