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Reggae legends The Wailers announced autumn Newcastle O2 Academy gig

The Wailers are to tour in November performing iconic album Legend in its entirety, stopping at Newcastle O2 Academy

The Wailers have announced a headline UK tour
The Wailers have announced a headline UK tour

Reggae fans in the region will have to mark November 18 as a red letter day as The Wailers are coming to Newcastle.

The famous reggae band, which came together with Bob Marley in 1969, have announced 12 UK gigs at which they will perform iconic album Legend in its entirety.

The album includes chart-topping hits Three Little Birds, I Shot The Sherrif and Jamming.

In their long career The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums across the world and notched up 20 chart hits, seven of them making the Top 10.

They have performed to an estimated 24 million people, helping to keep reggae in the public eye.

Previously the band have performed thematically, fashioning gigs around sets from albums such as Legend, Exodus and Survival.

Legend was the twelfth album released by Bob Marley and The Wailers and the second posthumously.

Containing all 10 of Marley’s Top 40 UK hit singles, it came out in 1984. Marley wasn’t around to reap the rewards because he had died of cancer three years earlier, leaving fans across the world to mourn.

Legend is said to be the best-selling reggae album of all time with more than 30 million copies shifted worldwide.

The band also intends to perform tracks from Exodus on its forthcoming tour.

Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, of The Wailers, described his life with the band as “an odyssey”.

He said: “Sharing this music with so many people around the world was my last promise to Bob and here we are.”

Bob Marley would have been 70 on February 6. If his spirit lives on in the music, he will be a big presence when The Wailers perform at Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday, November 18.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday from www.gigsandtours.com (hotline 0844 8110051)

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