In 1976, Bob Marley agreed to play the Smile Jamaica concert, a free show aimed at quelling the violent political clashes in the island nation. As the show was sponsored by Prime Minister Michael Manley, his opponents saw Marley's decision to perform as an endorsement of the controversial leader. Two days before the concert, three gunmen attacked Marley in his home, with a bullet hitting the singer's chest and lodging in his arm. Marley's wife was also shot and had to have surgery to remove a bullet from her head.
Despite the gunmen remaining at large, Marley agreed to play for the tens of thousands of fans that showed up. He promised to do one song, then played for 90 minutes, lifting his shirt to show off bandages. Following the show, Marley left Jamaica and didn't return until the One Love Peace Concert in 1978, where he got Manley and his opponent, Edward Seaga, to shake hands onstage. The bullet was never removed from Marley's arm for fear of damaging his nerves.