Rodriguez History: 41 Years Ago he was touring Australia

Poster supplied by Alison Elliott, October 2022
Poster supplied by Alison Elliott, October 2022

I have very little information about this tour. I know that Rodriguez played on the same bill as Midnight Oil (at The Tanelorn Festival) and that the album Alive, recorded in 1979, was released to coincide with this tour.

Brian Currin

Midnight Oil: I feel that Midnight Oil is a top band. I first watched them perform in 1981. I witnessed their powerful stage performance at past two in the morning in the freezing cold of the Australian wind. It was so cold that as Peter Garrett performed steam was rising from his head. It was almost phantom-like. He is musical, political and international. I also love the Stones. For me, Mick Jagger is king, but Peter Garrett is also high on the list of music aristocracy. I’ve been lucky to have been backstage with Midnight Oil on several occasions. We were on the same bill in Australia in 1981 … it was a trip!

Rodriguez, 1997

I think he is speaking about Tanelorn. The Oils playing at 2am, I remember the steam rising from Garretts bald head too. That 12km dirt road into the festival took us over 6 hours drive on that Friday night but we got there in perfect time to see Rodriguez perform.

Alison Elliott, October 2022

Canberra: I went to see Rodriguez in 1981, it was in Canberra at the Canberra Theatre. He appeared on stage with a support guitarist who’s name escapes me. There was no support acts at all, just Rodriguez. I remember it being an eerie/ chilling experience listening to this extraordinary artist.

Mark Hohmuth, August 2000
Ticket supplied by Mark Hohmuth
Ticket supplied by Mark Hohmuth

TOUR DATES

OCT 20 1981 – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, Australia

OCT 11 1981 – Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia

OCT 10 1981 – Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia

OCT 7 1981 – Hobart Town Hall, Hobart, Australia

OCT 2 1981 – Tanelorn Music Festival 1981

SEP 26 1981 – Bridgeway Hotel, Adelaide, Australia

SEP 25 1981 – Stage Door, Adelaide, Australia

SEP 23 1981 – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

SEP 19 1981 – Commodore Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

SEP 17 1981 – Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo, Australia

SEP 12 1981 – Royal Antler Hotel, Sydney, Australia

SEP 11 1981 – ANU Bar & Refectory, Canberra, Australia

Information from Setlist.fm


TOURS


More Rodriguez Tour Dates at Setlist.fm

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