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Bob Marley's Final Concert, "Uprising Tour"



On September 21, 1980, Bob Marley was in town for shows at Madison Square Garden, the final U.S. leg of his his "Uprising Tour". He was jogging in New York City’s Central Park and he collapsed, likely due to complications from the malignant melanoma cancer he was diagnosed with in 1977. Despite his apparent ill health just two days prior and being told to immediately cancel the U.S. leg of the tour, he instead flew to Pittsburgh to perform one final performance, and finished the tour.


Here is rare footage of Bob Marley and Wailers live at one of their Uprising Tour performances in Munich, June 1, 1980:



After the tour, Bob Marley's health deteriorated and and he sought treatment at the clinic of Josef Issels in Bavaria, Germany, where he underwent an alternative cancer treatment called Issels treatment partly based on avoidance of certain foods, drinks, and other substances.


After eight months of effectively failing to treat his advancing cancer, Marley boarded a plane for his home in Jamaica. During the flight Marley's vital functions worsened. After landing in Miami, Florida, he was taken to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (later University of Miami Hospital) for immediate medical attention, but died on May 11, 1981, due to the spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain. He was 36 years old.


Some clips of rare and personal interviews with Bob Marley. His message of righteousness opened awareness that people were still struggling in the world, but peace and love were achievable. His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."



Bob Marley talks about his beliefs and defends Rastafarianism:



Bob Marley talks about what his music means and how it is intended to speak to the masses of people:



Here is a clip from Bob Marley's last interview:



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