Legend - The Music of Bob Marley

“Michael Phillips led the way with a charismatic performance on vocals and guitar”

As promised, Legend, the Music of Bob Marley, is "an evening of celebration of the musical icon".

LW Theatres, is going all out with hosting a number of tribute evenings at the Adelphi Theatre in London. I recently boogied at Fastlove: The George Michael Tribute and the 80s Live! night went down like a retro storm. They all have one thing in common; bringing the joy of popular music to a big theatre. 

Legend was no exception to this. I couldn’t fail to enjoy it! Marley left an incredible back catalogue, increasing the popularity of Jamaican music all over the world in his short lifetime. Even though he died in 1981, he’s still played everywhere and anywhere so I knew most of the tracks and was up dancing to Is This Love and Three Little Birds with the rest of the audience. 

Unlike Fastlove, there were no gimmicks in favour of banging out the tunes. The band honoured the man by playing cracking renditions of all the hits. There were splendid performances all round; the quality of the musicians was superb. Michael Phillips led the way with a charismatic performance on vocals and guitar, donning a jacket in the red, yellow and green synonymous with the Rastafarian movement. He didn’t attempt an impression of Bob, more an interpretation, with a nod to Marley’s movements and tone.  

Backing singers Elaine Rose and Eleanor Ajani were a joy to hear and watch as they synchronised their dance steps behind the mics. 

You’d normally see this type of act at a holiday park or club night, but it’s testament to the band’s talent and Marley’s music that they filled the auditorium and everyone was having a ball! 

A joyful evening. 

This show was reviewed on the 19th September 2023.  Full details of Legend - The Music of Bob Marley can be found here: Legend: Music of Bob Marley - Entertainers

Review written by Victoria Willetts

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