Rodriguez coming to South Africa

2012-10-25 10:08
Cape Town - Big Concerts announced on Thursday that the legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will be heading to South Africa.

Two performances have been scheduled and will take place on Friday 15 February at the Big Arena Carnival City in Johannesburg and Wednesday 20 February at the Grand Arena, Grand West in Cape Town.

The Mexican-American singer-songwriter, known simply as Rodriguez, has been working on his music career in Detroit since the early 1960s.

Folk hero

It was also during this time that he launched his debut album Cold Fact. The album had been banned by the then apartheid government, but a bootleg recording of the album found its way into South Africa and became the official album for the young liberal resistance.

For the next two decades it was a nationwide phenomenon.

Yet, back in Detroit, Rodriguez had no idea that his music had secured him as a household hero for many in South Africa.

After rumours that Rodriguez had committed suicide, two South African fans set out on a journey to find out what really happened to their hero. This eventually led to the making of a documentary Searching For Sugar Man which achieved great success at this year's Sundance Festival in Utah.

The movie is still showing at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide.

Tickets for the shows will go on public sale via all Computicket channels. Seating plans for Cape Town and Johannesburg are available on Computicket's website as well as Big Concerts' Facebook page.

Rodriguez Tour itinerary:

15 February 2013
Big Arena, Carnival City
Tickets from R310 – R520

Cape Town
20 February 2013
Grand Arena, Grand West
Tickets from R310 – R520

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  • brendon.alberts - 2012-10-25 10:37

    He was in Bloem over 10 years ago. At a tenth of the price. Awesome show

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-25 10:39

    I wonder, if i'm going to go

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-25 10:39

    I saw him last time he was here and it was a brilliant experiance. Don't know if I would pay "big show" prices to see him again though.

  • calliedj - 2012-10-25 10:43

    NO NO NO NOT COMPUTICKET AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-10-25 11:04

    wooohooo moer cool

  • hayley.going - 2012-10-25 11:10

    Again - could this show NOT have come to Durban. Fly up for RHCP. Fly back to Durban to work. Fly up to Rodriguez 2 weeks later? And then you bitch and moan that Moses Mabhida stadium is loosing money. Catch a wake up you freaking morons.

      gray.braatvedt - 2012-10-25 13:59

      @Haley - sadly Durban has a history of apathy when it comes to music concerts. Too many organizers have lost big bucks trying to get a show here only to have a small crowd pitch. A sad and unfortunate fact

  • hlgiorgino - 2012-10-25 11:23

    Just got my tickets woohoo I am so excited.

      chez.kri - 2012-10-25 14:57

      @Hercules. Me too! Booked and paid for. I was a teenager when Cold Fact came out and it was like an anthem to us. Was not in a postion to go to his concert when he was here before but cannot wait to see this legend live!!! Enjoy the show.

  • snow.maleka - 2012-10-25 11:38

    I went to watch his movie a month ago,What a humble man.

  • SPearman Toast - 2012-10-25 11:49

    Computicket website says the duration of the show is 30 minutes. What do they mean?

  • tobydt - 2012-10-25 12:05

    Saw Rodriguez already. Last time he was so drunk his guitarist left the stage while he was mumbling and stumbling.

      chez.kri - 2012-10-25 14:59

      @Sinudeity. ja a friend of mine said the same thing but he's giving him another chance in February. Lets hope its worth the rather high ticket price. I cannot wait!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-25 12:05

    Its strange how his music is as relevant today as it was then, and that this is not simply a South African perspective but an international one.

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2012-10-25 12:06

    These type of performers dont come to Durban, because fans wait till the last minute to buy tickets. Therefore they never know whether it will pay them to come here. On the other hand, it costs a fortune now to go to these shows.

  • jess.wags.5 - 2012-10-25 12:06

    I am so Exite....

  • jess.wags.5 - 2012-10-25 12:13

    I am so Exite

  • ari.potah - 2012-10-25 12:50

    I saw him in Mossel Bay about ten years ago - Great Guy and he loves SA red wine. Said so . . .

  • francoisvandyk - 2012-10-25 14:30

    Seriously? The Sundance Festival is in London? And there I thought for years it was an annual festival held in Utah, USA... ...news24 - poor fact, not cold fact...

  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-25 16:21

    Going to see him in Bristol on 1st Dec. Tickets were £20-00. Even considering the steadily worsening rand exchange rate, I think you guys are getting ripped off in SA. Twenty quid = 6 beers, R300 = 15 beers. Went to see Alice Cooper in Cardiff last night. AWESOME gig, £40

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