For reasons beyond the control of the festival, Rodriguez has decided to cancel his concerts at Primavera Sound scheduled for Saturday 25th May in the Parc del Fòrum of Barcelona and Friday 31st May in the Parque da Cidade of Porto. According to the communiqué released by the artist: “After many months of tour, Rodriguez has had to make the difficult decision to cancel and reschedule the first week of his European tour in an attempt to preserve his well-being and stamina and therefore will not be able to perform at Primavera Sound”.
The Detroit musician will however perform on the 8th July in the Poble Espanyol in Barcelona.
Those of you who have a day ticket for the Saturday 25th May in Barcelona or Friday 31st May in Porto and who in the light of Rodriguez’s cancellation no longer want to go to the event will be able to exchange their day ticket for a ticket valid for his concert on the 8th July in Barcelona. In order to do so you will have to send an email from Monday 20th until Friday 24th May to email@example.com with the subject “ Rodriguez concert”. After this deadline you will receive a ticket that you will have to present on the day of the concert along with the corresponding unused day ticket. If your ticket has been used to get into the festival you will not be allowed into the concert.
Those of you who have a full festival ticket or a day ticket for Saturday 25th May in Barcelona and who decide to attend the festival anyway, will have the opportunity to buy a ticket for the Rodriguez concert at the price of 5€. These tickets will only be on sale on the Saturday 25th at the festival ticket offices from midday until 10 pm or until they sell out. It will only be possible to buy one ticket per person on presentation of a full festival card or day card and correctly worn bracelet.
At the Barcelona edition the recently reformed band Chucho, fronted by Fernando Alfaro, will substitute the American singer songwriter on Saturday 25th May in the Parc del Fòrum. We will shortly be announcing who will substitute the artist on Friday 31st May at Optimus Primavera Sound in Porto.
via RODRIGUEZ CANCELS HIS APPEARANCE AT PRIMAVERA SOUND AND WILL GIVE A CONCERT ON THE 8th JULY IN BARCELONA.
Sixto Rodriguez performs during a sold out concert at the Masonic Temple in Detroit on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The “Searching for Sugar Man” star is performing for his biggest home crowd ever. | Jarrad Henderson/Detroit Free Press
You could practically feel the buzz crackling inside the Masonic Temple Theatre Saturday night, where Rodriguez hit the stage for a triumphant homecoming night.
It was an apt setting, just down the road from his longtime Woodbridge home and near the bars where he’d plied his trade before finally breaking into the wider public consciousness via the film “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Greeted by a long standing ovation from the capacity crowd of 4,400 — fans ready to be as enchanted as they’d been by the film — Rodriguez opened the show with “Climb Up on My Music,” first of the decades-old songs that have suddenly found a resonant new life.
Read more at Sixto Rodriguez takes Detroit stage to enchant hometown crowd | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.
Rodriguez Courtesy of Malik Bendjelloul/Sony Pictures Classics
Could some answers finally be on the way for Sixto Rodriguez?
After decades of murkiness about his record sales and royalties, a legal and accounting team has begun an inquiry for the enigmatic singer-songwriter, the Free Press has learned.
The move comes as 70-year-old Rodriguez gears up for the biggest hometown show of his career, tonight at the sold-out Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit.
Read more at Sixto Rodriguez pursues review of contracts, sales in search of royalties | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.
Rodriguez | Photo: Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune
He seemed frail when escorted onstage by two women Wednesday at the sold-out Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. But then he put on his dark-tinted glasses, his floppy black hat and his beige guitar and suddenly he transformed into Rodriguez, musician of mystery, melancholy and that Oscar-winning movie.
“Searching for Sugar Man,” which took the Academy Award this year for best documentary, told the story of an obscure Detroit folk-rock singer whose two albums from the early 1970s had somehow made him into a beloved cult hero in South Africa. Two obsessive fans there started searching for the singer, thought to be dead, and not only found him in Detroit but then brought him to South Africa for a series of major concerts in the late 1990s. It was all filmed and eventually turned into a 2012 movie.
It’s a fascinating story and a terrific footnote in rock history — that Rodriguez’s career was relaunched by an Oscar-honored movie.
And Rodriguez’s concert at the Fitzgerald was as winning as the movie. Maybe more so.
Read more at Rodriguez is sweeter than sugar, man | StarTribune.com.
“I just want to be treated like an ordinary….legend”
With these words, offered in in humility and a little jest, Rodriguez took the stage for the encore of his May 4, 2013 show at the University of Texas’ Frank Irwin Center in Austin, Texas. The show was an embodiment of a dream fulfilled that was brilliantly depicted in the Malik Bendjelloul documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
Malik Bendjelloul is a Swedish filmmaker who was traveling the world looking for an amazing story when he stumbled into South Africa and learned about the legendary Rodriguez. His album “Cold Fact” and its follow up “Coming From Reality” sold over 500,000 albums in the African country. It is credited with helping rally the youth to become anti-establishment and critical of their own government so as to stand and fight against the dark practice of apartheid. To any South African, Rodriguez was, and is, bigger than Elvis or the Beatles.
Read more at ZekeFilm | After the Show: Searching for Sugar Man.