History at the Bowl: Burning Spear’s Last Show

I know all my fans are going to be at the Hollywood Bowl on the 26th of this month. I’m looking forward to seeing them and them is looking forward to seeing I man. And all of us will be having fun together.

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KCRW’s annual Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl is always spectacular but this year’s event will also be historic as iconic artist Burning Spear takes the stage for his very last performance in California. It’s true, Winston “Burning Spear” Rodney is done with touring. At 71 years old, this enduring music maker is ready to get off the tour buses and get on with the next phase of his life which includes plenty of good times exploring America with the love of his life, his wife Sonia.

Since the release of his first album Marcus Garvey in 1975, Spear has maintained his standing as an icon of roots reggae. Throughout his four-decade career Rodney has been nominated for 12 Grammys and has won two for Best Reggae Album, most recently for 2008’s Jah Is Real.

Days before his arrival in Los Angeles, CaribPress spoke with Burning Spear about the significance of this weekend’s show at the Hollywood Bowl.

CaribPress: The last time you performed at the Hollywood Bowl was in 2007. Your California fans are thrilled to have you back. How did it come about that this show would be your very last one in California?

Burning Spear: California is one of Burning Spear’s biggest fan base. So after (deciding to) leaving the stage, I was thinking to do something especially for the people in California. And when Hollywood Bowl called upon I man, I say that was a good call. So I say yes to the call. And I know the fans will appreciate and enjoy themselves for seeing Spear performing for the last time in California.”

CP: Was this a hard decision to make, to retire from touring?

Burning Spear: “I’m 71. Over the past years, I man been touring for years, over 30 or 40 years. And in this business you got to know when to walk away. Don’t just stay there and doing things when you’ve already done. You can’t repeat what you’ve already done. It don’t make sense. And at my age, no way I could even think about repeating what I done for so many years.”

The 15th annual reggae night also features reggae royalty, Ky-mani Marley and chart topping singer Etana and is hosted by KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole. Concert organizers say due to unforeseen circumstances, previously announced artist Cocoa Tea will no longer be performing.

So pack up your picnic baskets and prepare for a mind-blowing show as Burning Spear says farewell to the California stage.

“I know all my fans are going to be at the Hollywood Bowl on the 26th of this month. I’m looking forward to seeing them and them is looking forward to seeing I man. And all of us will be having fun together.”

 

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl:
Sunday, June 26, at 7:00 PM

REGGAE NIGHT XV

BURNING SPEAR
KY-MANI MARLEY
ETANA

For more information, please visit:

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/reggae-night-xv/2016-06-26

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