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Rodriguez Headline Shows

Update: Sugar Man's upcoming Australian shows will no longer push through due to health reasons. The legendary singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist is supposed to play Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Darwin, Hobart, Perth and Auckland (NZ) as well as grace A Day On The Green with three shows but has been forced to cancel them all to give his body time to recover and rest. Rodriguez is very upset at having to let anyone down, and apologises to everyone for the inconvenience.

Rodriguez's love affair with Australia and New Zealand began in the mid-1970s, long before the rest of the world caught onto his talent, thanks to Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning film 'Searching for Sugar Man'. He first toured Australia and New Zealand in the late 1970s and later returned to Australia in 2014 then again in 2016 for a run of 14 shows and also released the iconic live album 'Rodriguez Rocks – Live In Australia' (out now through Inertia).

“Close your eyes and you might as well be listening to the young man who recorded 'Cold Fact' nearly five decades ago.” - Sydney Morning Herald

“…he proved that he’s still more than capable of entertaining and charming sold-out crowds—an ordinary legend indeed.” - The AU Review

The 'Searching for Sugar Man' documentary follows Rodriguez’s celebrated history that began in the bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s. Drawing inspiration from the city’s post-industrial urban decay, Rodriguez recorded and released albums 'Cold Fact' (1969) and 'Coming From Reality' (1971), which spawned hit songs ‘Sugar Man’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Cause’. These releases went largely unnoticed in the US, despite 'Cold Fact' being certified five-times platinum in Australia and 'Coming From Reality' peaking at #24 in the ARIA Album chart.

Through bootleg recordings and word of mouth, 'Cold Fact' fortunately 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. Nearly five decades after the release of his debut, Rodriguez’s incredible vocal and musical skill is finally being heard by audiences almost around the world.

All tickets to Rodriguez's cancelled shows purchased from the official ticketing agencies will be refunded accordingly.


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