Steel Pulse, the internationally acclaimed reggae band who began life in the inner-city district of Handsworth, Birmingham in the early Seventies are still very much alive today, some thirty years later. The band are renowned for their commitment to their musical message of fighting injustice, educating the masses and creating positive forces. They take their music around the globe and have a worldwide following. Here's what they were up to in 2003 and 2002:


[29 January 2003]: Steel Pulse have just announced a series of live dates in the United States for February 2003. They are as follows: Feb 8 Miami, FL Bayfront Park (at the 10th Bob Marley Festival with Bunny Wailer, the younger Marley's and Capleton); Feb 9 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing; Feb 10 Gainesville, FL The Palace; Feb 11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Cafe; Feb 12 New Orleans, LA House of Blues; Feb 14 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre; Feb 15 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena (as part of the 22nd Bob Marley celebrations with Buju Banton, Wailing Souls and lots more).

[18 April 2003]: A revised series of tour dates in the United States will take place in June & July . They are: June: 19 - Reno, Sparks, NV John Ascuaga's Nugget; 20 - Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre; 21 - Del Mar, CA Del Mar Fair; 22 - Anaheim, CA The Grove; 26 - Milwaukee, WI Summerfest; 27 - Cincinnati, OH Bogarts; 28 - Chicago, IL House Of Blues; 30 - Bloomington, IN Bluebird.

July: 1 - Columbus, OH The Brickyard; 3 - Brooklyn, NY Metrotech; 4 - Portsmouth, VA Harbor Center; 5 - New York, Irving Plaza; 6 - Winooski, VT Higher Ground; 7 - Albany, NY Washington Park; 9 - Washington DC, 9.30 Club; 10 - New Haven, CT Toads Place; 11 - Atlantic City, NJ Trump Marina; 12 - Fairlea, WV West Virginia St. Fair; 14 - Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino; 15 - Edgartown, MA Hot Tin Roof; 16 - Providence, RI Lupo's; 18 - Keystone, CO River Run Pavillion; 19 - Denver, CO AT&T LoDo Music Festival; 20 - Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater; 21 - Phoenix, AZ Nita's Hideaway; 23 - Park City, UT Suede; 25 - Las Vegas, NV Skin Pool Lounge @ The Palms; 26 - Los Angeles, CA The Roxy; 27 - San Francisco, CA The Fillmore; 28 - Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst.

August: 1 - Lima, Peru; 17 - Eindhoven, Holland, Reggae Sundance with Lucky Dube, Morgan Heritage and Sizzla.

[July 2003]: News from the Steel Pulse camp whilst on the road during the current tour comes courtesy of 'Tour Boss Eye,' who found time between gigs to provide the band's official website with a few 'real insider' snippets, which I reprint below, together with a rare response from David Hinds:

The set-list for the first few concerts of their current USA tour reads as follows; Intro Medley (Prodigal Son/Blues Dance Raid/Bad Man/Macka Splaff/Nyahbinghi Voyage/Don't Give In) - Rally Round - Tightrope - Not King James Version - Sound System - Earth Crisis - Blessed Is The Man - State of Emergency - Build A Nation - Wild Goose Chase - Chant A Psalm - Global Warning - Find It...Quick! - Back To My Roots - Harassment - Caught You Dancing. They also substituted in Rollerskates, Bodyguard, Brown Eyed Girl, Heart of Stone and Uncle George depending on the gig. The set-list from the gig in Lima, Peru on 1 August was: Intro Medley (as above) - Rally Round - Sound System - Blessed Is The Man - Tightrope - Taxi Medley (Ravers, Blues Dance Raid, Reggae Fever) - State of Emergency - Build A Nation - Wild Goose Chase - Find It...Quick! - Rollerskates - Not King James Version - Earth Crisis - Chant A Psalm. Encores: Steppin' Out - Bodyguard - Harassment - Heart of Stone - Caught You Dancing - Emotional Prisoner.

A selection of excellent photos of Steel Pulse on-stage taken at the New Haven gig on 10 July can be found on Him's Reggae Concert Photos website, here. Other historical Steel Pulse photos can be found here.

[August 2003]: The Reggae Sundance Festival in Eindhoven, Holland was my first opportunity to see Steel Pulse live and direct for many years and they matched all my expectations. A full report of the festival, the Pulse show, my back-stage experience and my photos from the occasion are on-line. Click here.

[September 2003]: Steel Pulse announced a small tour of the States in early October. The dates are; October: 1 - Santa Ana, CA, Galaxy Theatre; 2 - Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern; 3 - Malibu Cyn, CA, Malibu Inn; 4 - San Francisco, CA, Reggae In The Park (Golden Gate Park); 6 - Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre; 8 - Winston-Salem, NC, Ziggy's; 9 - Charleston, SC, Music Farm; 10 - Atlanta, GA, Earthlink Live; 11 - Live Oak, FL (Gainesville), Harvest Music Festival. The band intended to fit a visit to Africa in before the end of the year but the trip never took place.


[22 June 2002]: Steel Pulse have just returned from two sell-out dates in Abidjan, the musical hub of the Ivory Coast in Western Africa. Today, they begin a Summer-long string of concerts across America and then move onto a series of festivals in Europe. At the end of the year or early in 2003, a long-awaited new studio album and DVD (with footage from their recent trip to Africa) are expected to be released and the band have also indicated they will play a couple of live dates in the UK for the first time in a decade.

The Summer concerts kick-off near San Diego, California with the Del Mar Fair on Saturday 22 June (with Third World & Common Sense) and continue the following evening with an appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival at Angel's Camp, also in California. Steel Pulse will headline the festival alongside fellow reggae greats Culture, Toots & The Maytals and Sugar Minott. The rest of the Summer will see the band visiting both the east and west coast of America and points in between. One face missing from the Steel Pulse line-up for the current tour is long-time drummer and percussionist Steve 'Grizzly' Nisbett, for health reasons. Here's their schedule:

June: 22 - Del Mar Fair, San Diego, California; 23 - Sierra Nevada Festival, Angel's Camp, California; 30 - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, New York.

July: 1 - Lupo's, Providence, Conneticutt; 2 - BB Kings, New York; 3 - South Shore Circus, Cohasset, Mass; 4 - Higher Ground, Winooski, VT - cancelled; 5 - Hampton Beach, NH - Steel Pulse didn't appear due to David Hinds suffering from severe dehydration; 6 - Cape Cod, Hyannis with Inner Circle; 18 - The Nation, Washington DC - cancelled; 19 - South Park, Pittsburgh - cancelled; 20 - Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta - cancelled; 27 - Harbor Center, Portsmouth, Virginia - cancelled; 28 - Artscape, Baltimore Festival - cancelled; 29 - Brick Yard, Columbus, Ohio - cancelled; 30 - House of Blues, Chicago - cancelled; 31 - Majestic Theater, Detroit - cancelled.

August: 2 - Reggae on the River Festival, French's Camp, Piercy, California - cancelled; 8 - Cajun House, Phoenix; 9 - Palms Hotel, Las Vegas; 10 - Fairgrounds, Indio, California; 11 - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles with Burning Spear & Lucky Dube; 12 - Ventura Theater, Ventura, California; 13 - Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach; 15 - Rialto Theater, Tucson, Arizona; 16 - Sunshine Theater, Alburquerque; 17 - Fiddlers Green, Englewood, California.

Following their US tour dates, Steel Pulse will cross to Europe to play at least two festivals. Keep your eyes peeled for further dates later in the year, especially their long-overdue return to the UK:

David Hinds - August 2002. © REGGAEPHOTOS.deFriday 23 August - Wiesen Bicardi Sunsplash, Burgenland, Austria with Alpha Blondy, Eek A Mouse & Luciano; Saturday 24 August - Chiemsee Reggae Festival, Germany with UB40, Black Uhuru, Alpha Blondy, Eek A Mouse & Luciano.

September: 6 - University of the Virgin Islands, St Thomas, VI, with support band P'Your Passion; 7 - Paul E Joseph Center, St Croix, VI with support Midnite; 15 - Doheny Days Music Festival, Dana Point, Orange County, USA with Michael Rose, Inner Circle, Shinehead and Half Pint.

October: 2 - Bahamas.

November: 14 - Costa Rica; 16 & 17 - Mexico.


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The Steel Pulse line-up in 1991 (photo: Jan Salzman). Alvin, Selwyn, Grizzly, Jimmy; Sidney, David and Phonso.

The Steel Pulse line-up in 1991 (photo: Jan Salzman). Alvin Ewen, Selwyn Brown, Grizzly Nisbett, Jimmy Haynes; Sidney Mills, David Hinds and Phonso Martin.

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