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| 27 July 2018 | Reply


“Australian audiences hold a very special place in my heart, so I can’t wait to return down under in 2019.” – Rodriguez

Joining RODRIGUEZ for the a day on the green shows will be XAVIER RUDD, BUSBY MAROU, PIERCE BROTHERS and introducing ALICE SKYE.

The tour plays Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD on Saturday February 9, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC on Saturday February 16 and at Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA.

Tickets go on sale 10.00am on Tuesday August 7 from Ticketmaster.

“Rodriguez’s voice remains untouched by the years.” – The Guardian

“It (Cold Fact) is one of those rare lost albums that turn out to be a genuine classic.” – Pitchfork

Rodriguez has had strong ties to Australia and New Zealand ever since his music gained airplay locally in the mid-1970s, long before the rest of the world caught onto his talent thanks to the 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 concerts selling out shows around the country, and also released the classic 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 the albums Cold Fact (1969) and Coming From Reality (1971), which produced 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 number 24 on the ARIA album chart.

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.

Nearly five decades after the release of his debut, Rodriguez’s incredible vocal and musical skill is finally being heard by audiences around the world, including festival audiences at Glastonbury and Coachella.

Sat February 9 Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Sat February 16 Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Sat February 23 Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Tues February 5 ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tues February 12 Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Fri February 15 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Tues February 19 Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tues February 26 Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Tues March 1 Kings Park and Botanical Garden, Perth, WA

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