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

Rodriguez Music: “Forget It” used in new TV show’s soundtrack

The Resort
The Resort

We are always interested to hear about Rodriguez songs popping up in the soundtracks for new films and TV series. So, for those who have been watching the excellent new series called ‘The Resort’, you would have spotted a song by Rodriguez being used in Season 1 Episode 4 of this series called “A History of Forgetting”

The plot of this new series is briefly but accurately described on IMDB.com as “Exploring love and the weird things we do in the name of it, encased in an elaborate true-crime conspiracy”.

And the music used in this series is a varied and eclectic selection of songs including the Rodriguez song ‘Forget It’ off his ‘Cold Fact’ album.

Rodriguez – Forget It

You can find all the music used in the first season of ‘The Resort’ here:
https://soundtracki.com/shows/the-resort-season-1-soundtrack

Stephen “Sugar” Segerman: My hunt for Rodriguez, a missing music legend | BBC

Sugar & Rodriguez In London
Sugar & Rodriguez In London

One South African superfan’s quest to unravel the truth about his favourite artist

Listen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct34wg

Released On: 01 Sep 2022, available for over a year

Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman’s nickname came from the song Sugar Man by the American singer Rodriguez. In 1970s South Africa, Rodriguez was a household name as his anti-establishment lyrics resonated with many of those opposed to the strict apartheid state. Sugar, a Cape Town record shop owner, was one of his adoring fans. Very little was known about Rodriguez, apart from that he was dead; rumour had it that he’d killed himself during an unsuccessful concert. But years later, when Sugar decided to find out that had happened to him, he uncovered something astonishing.

Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Emily Webb and Emily Naylor

Rodriguez Music: “I’ll Slip Away” released 55 Years Ago!

Rod Riguez – I'll Slip Away
Rod Riguez – I’ll Slip Away, 1967 | Discogs
Rod Riguez – I’ll Slip Away, 1967

I’ll Slip Away, produced by Harry Balk, was released as a single by Impact Records in the USA in August 1967. It was credited to Rod Riguez. This track was re-recorded in Detroit in 1972. The b-side was You Got To Admit It.

SugarMan.org

And you can keep your symbols of success
Then I’ll pursue my own happiness
And you can keep your clocks and routines
Then I’ll go mend all my shattered dreams

Rod Riguez, August 1967

Rod Riguez could make a name for himself with this bluesy, mid-tempo rock ballad. Keep it in sight.

Cashbox, 23 September 1967

The 1967 single features more upfront Byrds-type jangly guitar, vocal harmonies and a subdued organ in the background, when compared to the early ’70s version. The strings that are so prominent on the later version are absent on the 1967 version.

Brian Currin

I’ll Slip Away


And I’ll forget about the girl that said no
Then I’ll tell who I want where to go
And I’ll forget about your lies and deceit
And your attempts to be so discreet

Maybe today, yeah
I’ll slip away

And you can keep your symbols of success
Then I’ll pursue my own happiness
And you can keep your clocks and routines
Then I’ll go mend all my shattered dreams

Maybe today, yeah
I’ll slip away

Cause you’ve been down on me for too long
And for too long I just put you on
Now I’m tired of lying and I’m sick of trying
Cause I’m losing who I really am
And I’m not choosing to be like them

And if you get bored or got loneliness
Or it’s dislike for me you express
I won’t care if you’re right or you’re wrong
I won’t care cause you see I’ll be gone

Maybe today, yeah
I’ll slip away

Maybe today, yeah
Maybe today, yeah
Maybe today, yeah girl

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Rodriguez Fan Message: Bucket List

I’m at a point in my life right now that I am making a bucket list of things that I would like to do before it’s too late. One of the items on my bucket list is to see Rodriguez live in concert, or at least meet him and hear him play at least a few chosen tunes. I love everything I know about this amazing man. I do not see any tour dates on your website nor do I find any on the research I’ve done on my own. I have several questions? Is he available for private private parties? Does he play local gigs? Is it worth it to just travel to New York and hoping to see him or is it possible to arrange a meeting. I’m looking for any help that you may be able to give me. I have been beyond impressed by this musical genius ever since someone suggested that I see his documentary, Searching For Sugar Man. Please send any and all info. All help is appreciated.

Love

Brigid McDaniel


Rodriguez Fan Message: In the US, most people still don’t have a clue about him

Just thought I would send a quick note. I am sitting here listening to some Sixto. If not for the movie which I saw in Kuwait in 2016, I doubt I would have ever heard any of his music. In the US, most people still don’t have a clue about him. But I crank his music when I can and always hear the same thing “Who is that?” I smile with glee and so the story telling begins……..

Al Dunaway

A massive thank you to Rodriguez

I would just like to say a massive thank you to Rodriguez for (in my opinion) the best tracks ever created!! You are a true legend! I am sooooo pleased to hear that you are finally getting the royalties you so deserve! However, I understand that material things are not top of your list, which makes you all the more admirable. I will continue throughout my life to listen to your great inspirations and send you lots of love. Thank you for the music and the most wonderful riff ever produced!

Zena Deakin. Farnham, Surrey, UK. XX

Wonderful Irish Cover Version Of A Rodriguez Song By Gerry Arias

Gerry Arias

Gerry Arias is a well-known Irish musician who has been active in that industry for a long time. He has  also become a big fan of Sixto Rodriguez ever since he saw the film ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ and has been very influenced by that story, and Rodriguez’s music, ever since. So, Gerry recently decided to record a cover version of the Rodriguez song ‘Jane S. Piddy’, off the album ‘Cold Fact’.

However, Gerry’s interpretation of this Rodriguez’s tune is called ‘Jane S. Paddy’!

This artistic liberty was taken in honour of the “Irish” twist to the song. Gerry’s version is done in a 6/8 Irish gig rhythm with an airy vocal. Both the song and video were recorded on the west coast of Ireland and features Brian Flemming on Bodhran, and Quentin Cowper on guitar.

You can see this excellent video for ‘Jane S. Paddy’ by Gerry Arias here:

And here’s the song on Bandcamp:

‘Sugar Man’ the book is now available on eBook!

Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez

In September 2015, ‘Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez’  by Craig Bartholomew-Strydom and Stephen Segerman, was published by Penguin in response to the demand for more information behind the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ by Malik Bendjelloul.

For all those fans of Rodriguez and his music and the amazing story behind the search and his re-emergence and current world-wide fame, here are some shops on the web where one can buy the eBook version of this book online:

1.  Amazon.com:

2. Kobo.com:

https://www.kobo.com/gr/en/ebook/sugar-man-the-birth-death-and-resurrection-of-sixto-rodriguez

3. Booktopia.com:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/sugar-man-craig-bartholomew-strydom/ebook/9781473525948.html

4. Apple Books:

https://books.apple.com/au/book/sugar-man/id992399076

5. Penguin.com:

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/sugar-man-9781473525948

Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez

Rodriguez Fan Message: Has Rodriguez Stopped Touring?

I saw “Searching for Sugarman” in 2013, the year it won the Oscar, and immediately afterwards searched for concert dates. At that time the only tours I could find were in South Africa. I started thinking about Rodriguez today — which turns out to be his birthday! — and again looked for concerts near me. From what I’ve been able to find out, he has, in the past, performed in the U.S., but it appears that he has not performed this year and has nothing scheduled. Will he be touring in the U.S. again anytime in the next few years or has he stopped touring?

Ralph Kaden

Rodriguez Fan Message: Live In Europe?

DEAR RODRIGUEZ, As I love you and your great inspiring music, my question is: will you still be giving a live performance / a concert anytime in the near future??? Any chance of seeing you live somewhere in Europe?? Wishing you a most happy, healthy and joyful 80th birthday, all the very best from Germany.

Tabea

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