Concert report
Anthony B.
Platte Zaol ~ Maastricht ~ The Netherlands.
05 - 05 - 1998

Anthony B's short guest performance during Axx Of Jahpostles' European presentation of their debut album in August 1997 made us longing for more. Sooner than we might have expected the Real Revolutionary came back to Maastricht to do a show as part of his "Universal Struggle" tour. Next to this Anthony B. and his band accompanied by producer of Star Trail fame Richard Bell recorded five brand new tunes for his forthcoming album at RUNN Recording Studio. The show - made possible thanks to local reggae label RUNN Records International - was the first reggae show that took place in a brand new and impressive venue in Maastricht, which has been given a terrible name to pronounce for people who don't speak this town's dialect.

After the selectors of RUNN Sound had spinned old and new tunes as well as some of their wicked dubplates on their turntables, almost everyone came in the right mood to welcome Anthony B. and his musicians on stage. The tight playing Star Trail band (aka Agents Band) warmed up the audience with the classic Studio One instrumental "Rockfort rock", Freddie Mc Gregor's "Big ship", and some other blasts from the past. The audience responded excitedly and then it was time for MC Mikey to ask the Real Revolutionary Anthony B. on stage. The audience reacted enthusiastically when they heard the man's voice opening with "This notion" before he took the stage.

Once in front of his audience he immediately got everyone involved with "So many things", thus setting the pace for the rest of his show. Because what followed was an almost two hours lasting relentless presentation of pure Roots & Culture showcasing all talents and skills of a young man who, without doubt, belongs to one of the best of a new generation cultural artists that emerged in Jamaica in the second half of the nineties.

As expected Anthony B. delivered the audience a lot of well known tunes of his two albums "Real Revolutionary" and "Universal Struggle". In his own inimitable style songs like "Raid di barn", "Storm winds", "Universal struggle", "Repentance time", "Bun down Sodom", "Cold feet", "Marley memories", "Damage", "Waan back" (complete with a perfect demonstration of the Waterpumping dance !), "Hurt di heart", "Heavy load", "The mockingbird", "One thing", "Jerusalem" and the banned "Fire pon Rome" (with the addition of an extra verse) were given a solid to excellent interpretation. However, he didn't forget to focus on cuts he recorded for other labels than Richard Bell's Star Trail. The Kickin' Records released "Chant a prayer", the Fat Eyes' "Watch what you eat" and the Bobby "Digital" Dixon produced "Stronger" on the "Handle the ride" riddim were part of the songs he performed.
But also unexpected highlights were included. Anthony B. singing "Equal rights", "Get up, stand up" and a truly wicked version of "Johnny be good" from his - as Anthony B. called him - mentor Peter Tosh. At one time he walked up to his producer Richard Bell who watched the show from behind the scenes, and asked for a spliff. He started singing Bob Marley's "Easy skanking", and lit up the spliff on stage to underline his plea for the legalisation of ganja in general and especially in England, Jamaica and the U.S. ! And if that wasn't enough he showed the older reggae fans he knew more Jamaican classics. During "Cut out that" he sung some lyrics of Sugar Minott's Studio One classic "Mr. D.C." and during "Dreader than dread", Anthony B's Manatee cut on the Satta riddim, he switched over to the lyrics of the original Abyssinians anthem. At that moment the audience completely went wild! The last song he performed before he came back for an encore, was Bob Marley's ultimate reggae song "One love".
Despite the fact he had some health problems Anthony B. delivered an excellent almost two hour lasting varied show. Next to his energetic and expressive presentation (in which we saw him dancing, jumping and prancing) he also had his modest moments on stage. This 22 years old youth truly made a breathtaking impression, satisfying his fans and undoubtedly gaining a lot of respect from others !

Watch out for this real revolutionary !

Text : Mr. T. ~ Pictures : Teacher

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