I first went to see The Wailers Band perform in Dublin
at the Olympia Theater on the 4th May 2001.
As soon as we entered the building we were taken straight
to the V.I.P. area at the very front of the stage. I
was eager to see the Band who had toured for many years
with Bob Marley, especially as we were so close to the
First off, came the support act 'King Sativa', a Bob
Marley tribute band origanly called 'Buffalo Soul Jah',
consisting of 4-5 Irish dreads. They were very good,
playing many of Bobs stuff and a few of Peter Toshs
songs. They really set the mood for The Wailers who
came out shortly after their set.
I recognised Family Man as soon as I saw him walk on
stage; I also knew a couple of the others too. The group
had a new lead singer - Gary Pine, who took over lead
vocalsin the Band.
Like Bob was onstage he too was very lively dancing
to Jah music. He sang many of Bobs songs and some newer
material. I think it is important to point out that
Gary was not trying to copy Bob in anyway, but he was
mearly doing his own thing and loving it.
The two new backing singers called the I-twos, were
also a welcome addition to the Band providing great
harmonies (extremly good looking too). The band played
a good 2 hour set and I'm sure they were happy with
the response they got from the audence. I look forward
to seeing them again...