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THE WAILERS live at the O2 Academy in Bristol

Aston “Family Man” Barrett’s band THE WAILERS performed live last week (3 July) to a packed house at the O2 Academy in Bristol.

The legendary band made it over to the Westcountry along with just two other headline gigs in the UK this time around (London and Leeds), as well as support slots for the STONE ROSES reunion shows.

Not surprisingly we got a set rammed with classics throughout the evening including “Is This Love?”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, “Redemption Song” and “Exodus”.

"No Woman No Cry"

Frontmen Danglin and Koolant dealt with vocal duties admirably, but it was 65-year old Barrett behind it all keeping the bottom end heavy and on target all night.

The Jamaican bass player, who played with BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS from 1970 to 1981, barely moved from his raised platform however it’s clear he continues to be the main axis of the current WAILERS.

The band line-up includes the following musicians:

  • Aston “Family Man” Barrett - bass
  • Danglin - lead vocals
  • Koolant Brown - lead vocals
  • Keith Sterling - keyboard
  • Drummy Zeb - drums
  • Audley Chisholm - rhythm guitar
  • Roxane Prince - backing vocals
  • Ceegee Victory - backing vocals

"Get Up, Stand Up"

Support on the night came from Bristol-based ska band FIRST DEGREE BURNS who brought their own brand of 'skip-hop' to the O2.