The New York shows were held at Madison Square Garden on the 19th – 20th September 1980, as a supporting act to the American group The Commodores
With his superb songs and arrangements, his rapt appearance and charismatic stage personality, Bob Marley and his group, the Wailers, won audiences for reggae all over the world, and influenced countless other musicians.
Mr. Marley’s concerts were hours-long, almost mystical events, with whole arenas standing and swaying to the insinuating rhythms and reiterated chants of his songs. Phrases such as “get up, stand up, stand up for your rights” – expressing the conviction that God would redeem the world despite its present sufferings – became anthems for his many admirers.
Mr. Marley died of cancer at the age of 36 in 1981. His cancer was diagnosed after the Wailers’ final concerts at Madison Square Garden a year before. Critics described those concerts as mesmerizing, and Mr. Marley was hailed for his “spellbinding performance” and “intense singing and electric stage presence.”
— John Rockwell