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Miami Herald, The (FL) October 29, 1982 Edition: FINAL Section: AMUSEMENTS Page: 5D REGGAE REALITY: TOSH GOES IT ALONE Author: KITTY OLIVER Herald Staff Writer Article Text: It was the reggae bill of the year--Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh, in concert together for the first time ever, at the cavernous Sunrise Musical Theatre concert hall. More than 3,000 people bought tickets for the announced Oct. 18 performance and held onto them when the date was rescheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. Now it looks like Jimmy Cliff fans will have to settle for Peter Tosh. For South Florida reggae fans starved for big name artists, it has become a last-minute scenario of disappointment. Cliff, whose starring role in the Jamaican cult film The Harder They Come vaulted him into reggae popularity second only to the late Bob Marley, has been sidelined with a back ailment and is back home in Jamaica. Halfway through the first leg of the tour that hit 40 West Coast and Canadian cities in five weeks this summer, Cliff pulled a back ligament that worsened the more he performed. "I work quite vigorously onstage bending backwards a lot to stop and slow the band, but I thought I merely had a sprain," said Cliff, in a phone call from Jamaica a few days ago. His doctor has advised him not to resume touring until the end of November, he said. It could certainly end up being a boon for Peter Tosh and his Word, Sound and Power band. Tosh was one of the original members of the Wailers, the group that introduced the world to reggae music with their first album, appropriately titled Catch a Fire, and to Bob Marley. He is a rough, gutsy, bawdy performer in contrast to Cliff's mellow pop style. Reggae music is by nature anti-establishment music, and Tosh is its renegade. Since he started a solo career after the Wailers broke up and recorded his first album in 1976, Tosh's music has evolved from sharp-edged protests and pro-marijuana anthems to more philosophical albums such as Mystic Man and the very commercial Comin' in Hot. There have also been attempts to break into another market with the single Don't Look Back, produced and publicized by the Rolling Stones.[10/16/2012 9:53:46 AM]

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In Jamaica, where he has had brutal brushes with police and some of his music has been banned from the radio, Tosh is considered controversial. Of course, Tosh doesn't see it that way. "No muh deer-r-r, I'm not controversial. But every time I sing a song it is branded political before it is even heard," he said in a recent phone interview while on tour. Even with Cliff off the tour, Tosh has still been playing to full houses during this Southeastern tour, according to his agency. This "Cliff" hanger still may not be over for South Florida, however. Fantasma Productions promoter John Stoll and Cliff's agents are still trying to arrange a one-stop appearance by Cliff in Miami Saturday night. If not, an opening act for Tosh will be added, but the announcement won't be made until Saturday. Reggae fans not willing to gamble can get refunds today and Saturday at the place of purchase. For others, the Peter Tosh concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sunrise Musical Theatre. Tickets are $10.75. Copyright (c) 1982 The Miami Herald Record Number: root[10/16/2012 9:53:46 AM]