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The famous ‘One Love Peace Concert’ by legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley in Kingston on April 22, 1978, has been named among the world’s greatest rock gigs.
The concert placed six on a list of 20 rock performances compiled by United Kingdom television station, Channel 4 and voted on by a panel of some 60 artistes, music journalists, broadcasters and music industry executives.
The Bob Marley concert, which was held at the height of political unrest in Kingston, featured the singer bringing together the hands of then Prime Minister Michael Manley and Opposition Leader Edward Seaga. The concert was held in an effort to quell the political tension at the time.
‘Queen’, with its electrifying performance at ‘Live AID’ 20 years ago, placed first on the list. Judges described Queen’s performance, which took place in front of 1.5 billion television viewers worldwide, as “show-stealing.”
Jimi Hendrix at ‘Woodstock’ on August 18, 1969, came in second, while the ‘Sex Pistols’ concert at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall on June 4, 1976 placed third. Fourth was Bob Dylan’s performance at Manchester Free Trade Hall on May 17, 1966 and David Bowie at the Hammersmith Apollo on July 3, 1973, was fifth.
The world’s greatest gigs countdown was aired on Wednesday night (Nov. 9) in a one-hour TV special. It was part of two weeks of special music programming on Channel 4, leading up to this year’s UK Music Hall of Fame Inductions.
Bob Marley was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame last year.