Please accept my humble apologies for not continuing with this Midwest tour. The sickness I have contracted became too overbearing to sustain the remaining days.
Ever since the first date, I’ve been fighting a fever during the night right up to show time only to find that the condition had made my vocal chords inflamed, therefore unable to perform with any accuracy. On top of that I had a complete loss of appetite, ultimately sapping my strength. Nevertheless, I was willing enough to at least make a presentation each night despite my setback, not wanting to let you, our fans, down.
Unfortunately, the whole thing got the better of me and now has forced us to “throw in the towel.” To our loyal fans, especially those that have been waiting anxiously and have travelled hundreds of miles cross country to be part of our event; we hope that you can bear with us until I get back on the mend to serve you in the way that you know we do best. I thank those that have supported us at the events that we had managed to get by on (Telluride, Aspen, Boulder and Denver). Your cheers and high morale were terrific and uplifting to our spirit. We hope to give you something a bit more special next time round.
With more tributes out there, we pay our respects to David Koff, film director of “Blacks Britannica.” David Koff, who died just over a week ago, age 74, was said to have had bouts of depression, ultimately taking his own life.
You will be missed, David, because you spoke up for justice when few had the courage. We salute you and your work.
“Blacks Britannica” is a documentary that came out in 1978, depicted the social, political and racial issues throughout the UK at that time. This film became so controversial that it was banned from the UK for many years. Before it was made, not many outside Britain were aware of the plight and hardships faced by Caribbean migrants struggling to survive in a harsh England.
Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Your spirit will be with us always. Selah.
(David and his producer was kind enough to offer any footage for us to use in the Steel Pulse film/ documentary which is now due for a late summer release.)
Happy Valentine’s Day, to all the romantics out there. It’s the 85th anniversary since Al Capone spoilt the fun. So enjoy your moments of passion….And unlike Michael Jackson would say: ”I’m Lover and a Fighter!”
Sorry to be the bearer of this sad news in this 2014. Bunny Rugs, the lead singer of Third World was pronounced dead a few hours ago. He had a long bout of cancer.
Only 3 days short of his 66th birthday, this man was not only one of reggae’s biggest voices but also a dear friend of ours. We will be paying tribute to this icon who has left an incredible legacy behind.
To Cat, Richie, Ruption and the rest of the crew, our heartfelt condolences.
Ms. Alvera Coke, the mother of the late Peter Tosh has passed away. Here is the statement from the estate of Peter Tosh:
The Peter Tosh Estate with great sadness acknowledges the passing of Alvera Coke. Born in Belmont Jamaica May 25, 1917- she passed at the same home in which she grew up, in her bed today. As the matriarch of the Tosh family she leaves behind the great legacy as the mother of Peter Tosh and grandmother of ten. Her grand spirit and guidance will be missed.
Ms. Coke, we give thanks and praises for your love and inspiration. Your son got up, stood up for justice and was the voice for the voiceless. I and I are forever thankful for your grace.
With only one more show to go, Eindhoven, we performed our second to last show in Amsterdam at the Melkweg, last night. And if the truth were known, the crowd was electrifying as ever. Please allow me to rephrase that; the “Nether Lands” has “Never Let us down.”
Incidentally, Al Anderson came backstage with his family. We had no idea he was there or else we would have presented him on stage for old time’s sake. Least we not forget that it was here in Holland that we shared the same stage with Al when he was one of the lead guitar players for Bob Marley and the Wailers, 35 years ago! Fret not, we hope to feature him for a brief moment in our long over due documentary. We hope that your wait will be significant..
On another note, I found time to check the Anne Frank museum here in Amsterdam and although the queue was halfway around the block, it was worth the wait, believe me. At first, I was feeling quite agitated, knowing that the tour bus would be leaving midday, sharp. I am already known for my lateness. But finally, we, (Rande the merchandise guy) and I got in viewed managed to view all; enlightening and forever memorable.
Anne Frank was Special. Her energy during those time will remain with me, forever.
Bless up everyone! Our first time in the Czech Republic. On the streets of Prague and I hope to be getting a treat tomorrow “Czech-ing” out the museums. Talks of viewing Mozart’s original manuscripts as well as a few Picassos. We shall see.
By the way, the show was great. Thanks for the hospitality Lukas, and those from Rastafari Radio…..
Just a “big up” to our good friend Donnie Edwards who turned 40 today, April 6th. Donnie, who has had a long standing Career with the Kansas City Chiefs, along with his wife Cathy and our “home boy” Frank, always whenever they can, make a tremendous effort to come and see us in the most obscure of places. Only three years ago, they came to Australia from Cali USA and went the distance with all our tour dates in that region.
Many happy returns Donnie. But please bear in mind that the body and bones will take on a whole different meaning from now on than when you were 39.