‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez to serenade New Zealand fans next year

Thursday 6 September 2018

‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez to serenade New Zealand fans next year

Legendary folk-rock superstar and phenomenal guitarist Rodriguez returns to NZ with a show at Auckland's Villa Maria Estate Winery in February next year.

After his intimate show in New Zealand, Rodriguez will also be playing a series of shows in Australia. He'll be serenading his Aussie fans at Sydney's International Convention Centre, Canberra's Royal Theatre, Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena, Darwin's Entertainment Centre, Hobart's Derwent Entertainment Centre and Perth's Kings Park & Botanic Garden, on top of his three special A Day On The Green shows.

"Australia and New Zealand audiences hold a very special place in my heart so I can't wait to return down under in 2019." - Rodriguez

Rodriguez has had strong ties with Australia and New Zealand eversince his music gained airplay locally in the mid-1970s. Thanks to Malik Bendjelloul's Oscar-winning film 'Searching for Sugar Man', his innate talent has been finally revealed to the rest of the world. After touring Australian shores in the late 1970s, Rodriguez made his AU comeback in 2014 and returned two years after to play an extensive series of shows in support of his iconic live album 'Rodriguez Rocks – Live In Australia'.

"His voice remains untouched by the years..." – The Guardian

"…he proved that he's still more than capable of entertaining and charming sold-out crowds – an ordinary legend indeed." – The AU Review

'The Searching for Sugar Man' documentary follows Rodriguez's celebrated history that began in bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s. Drawing inspiration from the city's post-industrial urban decay, Rodriguez recorded and released albums 'Cold Fact' (1969) and 'Coming From Reality' (1971), which produced hit songs 'Sugar Man', 'I Wonder' and 'Cause'. These releases went largely unnoticed in the US, despite 'Cold Fact' being certified five-times platinum in Australia and 'Coming From Reality' peaking at no. 24 in the ARIA Album chart.

"Close your eyes and you might as well be listening to the young man who recorded 'Cold Fact' nearly five decades ago." – Sydney Morning Herald

"It (Cold Fact) is one of those rare lost albums that turns out to be a genuine classic." - Pitchfork

Nearly five decades after the release of his debut, Rodriguez's incredible vocal and musical skills are finally being heard by audiences throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, including festival audiences at Glastonbury and Coachella.

Local legends Dave Dobbyn, The Topp Twins and The Eastern will be Rodriguez's guests on the Auckland show. Meanwhile, joining him on all his headline shows in AU (except Darwin) will be Sydney-based and three-time ARIA Award-winning artist, Sarah Blasko. Sietta's vocalist and frontwoman, Caiti Baker will be the one to join the legendary musician in Darwin. 'A Day On The Green' special guests, on the other hand, include Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers & Alice Skye.

Grab your tickets now and let the 'Sugar Man' charm you with his gentle croons and mad guitar skills this summer!