Tonight! The Original Wailers Bring Reggae Pioneers to Revolution

Wailers fans face a similar dilemma that devotees of Asia, L.A. Guns, the Platters and other groups touring (and squabbling) under the same name face. There are currently two bands touring as the Wailers. The first is the Wailers Band, which was formed by Bob Marley as his backing band after the first group of the same name (which included Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh) disbanded in 1974. After Marley passed in 1981, the band soldiered on under the leadership of guitarist Junior Marvin and bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett.

Marvin, who has also been associated with Toots & the Maytals and

Steve Winwood, split off from those Wailers in 1997 to pursue a solo

career and enjoyed moderate success on his own until 2008. That's when

he decided to join forces with Al Anderson, who played with both Tosh

and Marley, to form the Original Wailers -- a name likely based on the

fact that two former members of Marley's band are in this group. The

night should feature plenty of familiar material from the Marley back


-- Ernest Barteldes

The Original Wailers, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $19. Click here.

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