A 70-year-old displaying all the gusto of a much younger man, cult figure Rodriguez lights up Camden’s Roundhouse, the first stop on his current UK tour
He made his way onto the stage like an old man being assisted in his walk down the plank. It seemed like he could barely stand and wouldn’t have wanted to even if he could. Then it seemed like he could barely sing. I began to weigh up in my mind how likely it was that in just a few years Rodriguez had gone from being an accomplished performer to a man who was really just doing the rounds while he could, bidding a final farewell to people who would have to go home and reassure each other with the fact that they had at least laid eyes on him.
As it transpired the hitch was more technical than biological. During a pretty undignified microphone rearrangement, his hat and glasses had to be removed and the real Rodriguez was revealed: smiling, bashful, and in possession of more faculties than you could reasonably expect of a 70-year-old man.