Forget could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. For Detroit’s newest rock sensation — the comeback king known as Rodriguez — a career surge at age 70 is all about looking forward.
With his Friday band performance at Pontiac’s Crofoot, the biggest metro Detroit date of his life, the musician born Sixto Rodriguez continues to reap the benefits of “Searching for Sugar Man,” the documentary released this summer to critical adoration and a bundle of prestigious awards.
The film chronicles the little-known story of Rodriguez, whose two albums in the early 1970s took on mythical stature in places like South Africa as he vanished from public view for two decades. The tale is framed through the eyes of two diehard fans toiling to track down the fiercely private musician — or even to simply verify he was still alive.