Last Sunday evening, I had the pleasure of going to the Round House to watch one of the music industry’s forgotten music legends, Rodriguez, perform to a mass crowd of fans who have listened to his music for over 3 decades.
If you read our review of the documentary Searching for Sugarman you will be familiar with the background behind the mystery that is Rodriguez. 42 years after his first album Cold Fact was released, and 70 years old, Rodriguez took to the stage to entertain the crowds at the Royal Festival Hall and at the Round House this past week. Although aged, he is still a brilliant performer, one with his guitar and engaged well with the audience (cracking a few jokes here and there). His supporting band was Phantom Limb, who performed with him as his backing band during his performance.
Rodriguez sang all the favourites including ‘Sugarman’, ‘I wonder’ and ‘Crucify your Mind’… and for the (largely South African) audience the evening brought an overwhelming sense of nostalgia; it felt unreal and bit like we were living a dream watching the legend that is Rodriguez on stage!
If you missed his London gigs, you can catch him on the last leg of his UK tour in Liverpool, Gateshead and Edinburgh. See the dates here.