The Gladiators feat. Droop Lion
On Sunday, February 26, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, Pharmfresh Flowers and KRVM’s Zion Train proudly welcome to the WOW Hall The Gladiators featuring Drop Lion.
Founded in 1965 by Albert Griffiths, David Webber and Errol Grandison, The Gladiators have released some of the most mythical songs of Jamaican reggae. Their first hit, the single “Hello Carol”, was released in 1968. In 1976, thanks to their signature at Virgin, the trilogy Trenchtown Mix Up, Proverbial Reggae and Naturality have been distributed all around the world and some of the songs of these albums have become classics of reggae as “Mix Up” and “Roots Natty Roots”.
The band has always been very productive and by 2014, The Gladiators had already released more than 40 albums. The lyrics are often militant and the very recognizable vocal harmonies are unquestionably a major part of their success.
At first, The Gladiators were a vocal trio. With the departure of the two other singers, Albert Griffiths took leadership. Clinton Fearon spent a few years by his side but in 1987, but he left the band to start a solo career. Beside Albert Griffiths (guitar and lead vocal), the lineup included Gallimore Sutherland (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Clinton Ruffus (lead guitar), Vernon Sutherland (keyboards) and Ruddlowe Robinson(backing vocals).
In 2004, Albert Griffiths decided to stop touring, and at first, he passed on the torch to his sons Al and Anthony. Together, they recorded the album Father and Sons. After a few tours in this lineup, the historic members of The Gladiators (Gallimore Sutherland, Clinton Ruffus, Ruddlowe Robinson, Vernon Sutherland) and Anthony Griffiths, who remains the drummer of the band, chose Droop Lion (who is the nephew of David Webber) to be the new lead singer of the band. His voice is quite close to the original singer. The young artist, who already got noticed in 2011 with his hit “Freeway”, and as the support act for Capleton’s European tour in 2013, has since become the new rising star in Jamaica. He appears on Israel Vibration's first single "Man Up" off their album Play it Real.
Early 2014, Droop Lion and The Gladiators released a new album entitled Back On Tracks. This album is the first new record released by The Gladiators in 10 years.
Droop Lion and The Gladiators have since toured several times in Europe performing the traditional repertory of The Gladiators as well as their new songs such as "Ghetto Life” and “Burning and Looting" which renew and energize the show.
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.