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RODRIGUEZ Announces October/November Australian Tour and Will Be Back in Perth After 25 Years!

| 27 August 2014 | Reply

RODRIGUEZ Announces October/November Australian Tour and Will Be Back in Perth After 25 Years!

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

‘One of those rare lost albums that turns out to be a genuine classic’ – Pitchfork

Sixto Rodriguez Australian Tour 2014

Legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will tour Australia in October and November playing Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and will be back in Perth after 25 years (Kings Park & Botanic Garden, November 7) with tickets on sale on Thursday August 28 at 12pm.

A self-taught guitarist, Rodriguez is outspoken about his fondness for playing to Australian audiences and first toured Australia in the late 70s, returning in 1981 when Midnight Oil joined him for some shows.

Rodriguez’s unique story was made into an Oscar Award winning documentary in 2012 called ‘Searching for Sugar Man’. It tells the story of Rodriguez’s history that began with him playing in bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s, and ultimately saw him reach legendary folk-rock super stardom status in South Africa.

Along the way, Rodriguez recorded two studio albums in Detroit, ‘Cold Fact’ (1969) and ‘Coming from Reality’ (1971). These albums went unnoticed in the U.S. and Rodriguez eventually turned his efforts elsewhere, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, running for political office and working construction and factory jobs to support his family.

In the mid-1970s, Rodriguez’s music gained airplay in Australia and New Zealand and he toured here finding limited success. Unbeknownst to him, South African anti-Apartheid activists and musicians alike were inspired by Rodriguez’s counterculture lyrics and he reached super stardom status in South Africa. However due to unsubstantiated rumours that he had died, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that South African fans finally sought Rodriguez out, leading to the unanticipated renaissance of his music career.

Rodriguez now tours extensively in South Africa, Australia, Europe, and the U.S., where he takes thoughtful appreciation in greeting long-time fans, and a new generation of listeners who find common ground in his music.

Sunday October 19 Brisbane – Convention Centre
Tuesday October 21 Sydney – Opera House
Thursday October 23 Sydney – Opera House
Saturday October 25 Melbourne – Palais Theatre
Wednesday October 29 Adelaide – AEC Theatre
Friday November 7 Perth – Kings Park & Botanic Garden


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