Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide since their formation in 1969. Now back on the road for a world tour, we caught up with lead vocalist Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin after their 02 Academy show.
What’s the best live gig you’ve ever seen?
I think the best live gigs I’ve ever seen are the ones on Youtube of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
What song by any artist, dead or alive, evokes the most emotion in you?Depends on when you ask. Music is brain food; it depends on what you’re hungry for. So it could be No Woman, No Cry, or it could be D’Angelo, it could be Burning Spear. It really depends on what I need.
Have you had a chance to see much of Liverpool?
We got here around 2 o’clock and had soundcheck, then made the show, and we leave in the morning. We don’t really get to see anyone.
Do you get a difference response from the UK to other parts of the world?
The UK is more aware, I think, of tradition, of reggae music. Especially Bob Marley and the Wailers. Coming to the UK for the first time, leaving Jamaica as a band, their first destination was the UK. The UK holds a special place in the Wailers’ history.
Got any musical guilty pleasures?
Music is involved in all of my pleasures, whether guilty or not, because music is made for all occasions and everything else musically I enjoy.
What stuff do you enjoy in your spare time other than music?
I like watching comedies – dry humour – Dave Chappelle, Bill Cosby… People like that are very clever.
Do you think Wailers songs are still relevant today?
The music, I think, is timeless because the problems that were faced when the songs were written are still present today. There’s still separation, there’s still racism, there’s still segregation and injustice and inequality.
What particular touring moments stand out?
Every city has its own identity. The UK tour, we do maybe 12 or 13 shows in 14 days. We see a different city every day, a different bathhouse every night. People singing along. And it’s very attentive in the UK. When it comes to our tours, the UK’s are special. As far as what I’ve seen recently, the most – the realest – show I’ve done in five years was the Wailers in Shalom, India. I got to see everything – just how rough life was. Mass poverty. But everybody was doing something, whether they were sweeping up the roads, packing bottles… whatever they could do to earn a buck. I was very encouraged by it. It put me in a very special place. That is one of the shows I will always remember.