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What happens when a performer reaches that stage of life when touring and getting up on stage every night are a much less attractive option than curling up with a cup of tea and a good book? If you’re Mick Jagger, you laugh in the face of nature and soldier on. But if you’re Albert Griffiths, the venerable founder and singer of one of reggae’s longest-standing bands, The Gladiators, you do what craftsmen have done for ages – you pass the tools of the trade down to your children.
The Gladiators’ lineup, which will be performing on July 7 at Arctic
Beach in Havatzelet Hasharon features Griffiths’ two sons, Anthony on
drums, and on lead vocals – Al Griffiths – a dead ringer for his fabled
father. They join band members like guitarist Clinton Rufus and bassist
Gallimore Sutherland, who have been Gladiators for almost three
decades, providing a mighty multi-generational groove.
The elder Griffiths began integrating the younger generation into the
band around five years ago, recording an emotionally-charged album
called Father and Sons
, and bringing his boys out on
tour for the first time. Griffiths taught his children well, because
today, the ‘new’ Gladiators are as potent as they’ve ever been. The
nine-piece band last appeared in Israel in 2006, selling out two shows
at the Barby Club and receiving rave reviews.
Concentrating on roots reggae, as opposed to the synthesized pop form
that much of reggae has descended to in the post-Bob Marley world, The
Gladiators decided long ago to stick to their musical purity instead of
adapting to more commercial tastes. That’s probably why their two most
popular albums were efforts from their salad days in the 1970s –
Trenchtown Mix Up
(1976) and Proverbial
(1978). Still one of the most rugged practitioners of
hard-core roots reggae, they’ve retained a loyal audience and a
flawless reputation, while releasing 24 albums and touring constantly.
According to the producers of this week’s show, Rasta Productions, The
Gladiators’ performance is the first in a line of international reggae
artists they plan to bring to Israel this year. A timely decision,
because there’s nothing that signifies summer‘s arrival more than
reggae on the beach. Following the concert on the beach, the party will
continue all night with reggae music piped in through the sound system.
With free parking, access to the beach via Egged lines 703, 808, 852,
872 and 922, and special discounts for Isracard holders, there’s no
reason not to take an evening holiday in Jamaica next week, in its new
location on the Mediterranean.Tickets are available at www.MisterTicket.co.il.