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The Return Of Sugar Man, Rodriguez


Mon 5 Dec 2016, 8:00pm

Where: Enmore Theatre, 118–132 Enmore Rd, Newtown, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

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Frontier Touring are delighted to welcome legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez back to Australia for an extensive series of performances with his band this November and December.

The legendary self-taught guitarist’s love affair with Australia is no secret; Rodriguez first toured our shores in the late 1970s, long before the rest of the world caught onto his talent thanks to Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning film Searching for Sugar Man.

The Searching for Sugar Man. documentary follows Rodriguez’s celebrated history that began in the bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s. Inspired by the city’s post-industrial urban decay, Rodriguez recorded and released albums Cold Fact (1969) and Coming From Reality (1971) that largely went unnoticed in the United States.

Thanks to bootleg recordings and word of mouth, Cold Fact found its way to South Africa where its counter-culture lyrics resonated with the country’s politically-alienated youth. Without a telephone and working factory and construction jobs to support his family, Rodriguez remained oblivious to the fact that he was bigger than Elvis in South Africa.

More than four decades after the release of his debut, Rodriguez’s incredible vocal and musical skill is finally being heard by audiences throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, including recent appearances at the iconic Glastonbury and Coachella festivals.

Lauded as the downtown Bob Dylan, Rodriguez’s blend of social politics, emotional insights and street observations, highlighted in songs like ‘Sugar Man’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Cause’, vividly capture a certain time and place, all complemented by his impeccable voice.

Australian music legend and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Russell Morris will be joining the tour as Rodriguez’s special guest for his Perth show at Kings Park & Botanic Garden on Saturday 10 December. Meanwhile, Rodriguez will be joined at all shows by fellow music luminary, Australia’s own Archie Roach except for the Perth show..

Archie Roach is a soul singer in the true sense of the word. His lyrics are uniquely Australian yet undeniably universal and he is one of our most respected, beloved and admired singer/songwriters. Archie first came to the attention of most Australians with the release of his debut album Charcoal Lane (1992). The album launched his career and ‘Took The Children Away’, his own story of the stolen generations, heartbreakingly captured the human cost of government policy. He is that rarest of beings; one that sees beyond race, religion, gender and ideology.

It is with great pleasure that Archie Roach and band have been invited to perform songs from his forthcoming album Let Love Rule on this tour. Let Love Rule is Archie’s tenth studio album in what has become an extraordinary career – the new songs explore the theme of love. “I wanted to write about love, or a willingness to love all people,” says Archie.

Rodriguez’s most recent Australian tour in 2014 saw extra shows quickly being added in several cities to meet overwhelming demand, and the music icon’s return later this year is set to be just as highly anticipated. Act quick to secure your tickets!

"His voice remains untouched by the years, combining strength and frailty." – The Guardian

"The Rodriguez voice is all there… The legend is intact" – Time Out

"It sounded as if his singing has not aged one bit and sounded as pristine as he does on recordings from over 40 years ago." – The Huffington Post

Tickets to this new Enmore Theatre show are on sale from 12noon local time next Tuesday 2 August via Ticketek.

Presented by Frontier Touring.