VIDEO: A little Marley in the morning

Mar. 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Ziggy Marley performs a few songs at his press conference held earlier today at the Road Runner Music Hall. (Photo by Kat Wade, Special to The Advertiser)

BY GARY CHUN / gchun@staradvertiser.com

“Listen to the words.”

Ziggy Marley made the comment in response to a question posed at Clear Channel’s Road Runner Music Hall this morning, as he and the popular reggae band Inner Circle made a final promotional push for their concerts this weekend — one later today in Kona on Hawaii island, and one tomorrow, March 24, at the Aloha Stadium parking lot.

The appearance was billed as a press conference, but the reggae musicians were also tied in for a live radio/Internet simulcast for Island 98.5.

Media reps offered a few questions; those gathered in the small room were also dutifully quiet as Ziggy Marley, elder son of the beloved Bob Marley, offered up two solo acoustic songs. (Marley will perform with a full backup band at the two shows.)

His message was self-evident in his choices: the celebratory hemp/marijuana song “Wild and Free” and “Love is My Religion,” both midtempo, meditative numbers that speak more to Marley’s spirit nowadays as a humanitarian and family man.

“When it comes to my songs, listen to the words,” he said. “Regardless what you think of my music, the words are the most important.”

Marley said his concert set would lean toward “the spiritual — to change hearts and minds through positive vibrations.”

In contrast to that, Inner Circle brought the party vibe earlier in the morning, in a style that island audiences readily identify with. The band got the audience to sing along to “Sweat (A La La La La Long)” and finished up with “Bad Boys,” the band’s 1987 trademark groove that the guys seemed more than happy to trot out for one more time.

A new $35 concert area was announced for the Aloha Stadium show, which will be staged in the lower Halawa parking lot, behind the stadium’s south end zone. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and tickets, $35, $45, $65 and $85 VIP, are available at the stadium and Blaisdell Center box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets at Walmart and the Sports Gear Warehouse in Windward Mall, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Click here to read a more in-depth interview with Marley in this week’s TGIF.

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