Rodriguez returns for shows with Xavier Rudd, Sarah Blasko
Legendary Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez is one of Australia’s favourite artists. It’s been that way since the 1970s; his records always sold well over here and his live shows were always well-received.
Famously, he didn’t enjoy the same success in his homeland. As a result, he stepped away from music for a hell of a long time – many presumed he’d died – only returning to active duty in the late 1990s after a couple of South African fans tracked him down.
All of this was documented in the excellent 2012 film Searching For Sugar Man, which has become a staple of the music documentary genre since its release.
While Searching For Sugar Man took his popularity to a whole new level, it’s Rodriguez’s records that continue to endure strongest.
Cold Fact (1970) and Coming From Reality (1971) are both legitimate classics, featuring beloved classics like ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Sugar Man’, as well as beautifully twisted psych oddities like ‘Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour’ and ‘Gomorrah (A Nursery Rhyme)’.
Australia loves Rodriguez, and it seems the feeling is mutual, as the singer returns to the country yet again in 2019 for a run of massive shows around the country.
Three of the dates will be part of the A Day On The Green series, and feature support from Aussie superstar Xavier Rudd, Rockhampton’s favourite sons Busby Marou, Melbourne twins Pierce Brothers and Double J favourite Alice Skye.
He’ll also play a string of six big theatre shows, where he’ll be supported by the brilliant Sarah Blasko.
Here are the dates. Tickets are on sale from 10am Tuesday 7 August.
Tuesday 5 February – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney (with Sarah Blasko)
Saturday 9 February – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton (with Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers and Alice Skye)
Tuesday 12 February – Royal Theatre, Canberra (with Sarah Blasko)
Friday 15 February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (with Sarah Blasko)
Saturday 16 February – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley (with Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers and Alice Skye)
Tuesday 19 February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin (with Sarah Blasko)
Saturday 23 February – Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley (with Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers and Alice Skye)
Tuesday 26 February – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart (with Sarah Blasko)
Tuesday 1 March – Kings Park and Botanical Garden, Perth (with Sarah Blasko)