Tour news: Sugar Man Rodriguez plans sweet NZ shows

Sixto Rodriguez will play two NZ shows in October.
Sixto Rodriguez will play two NZ shows in October.

Searching For Sugar Man star Sixto Rodriguez will play two New Zealand shows in October.

He'll perform at Aotea Centre in Auckland on October 13, and the Wellington Opera House on October 16. He played for the first time here in March of last year.

The musician was the star of the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which charted the Mexican-American singer-songwriter's renaissance more than 40 years after releasing his two and only albums.

Better known as Rodriguez, the Detroit native recorded his tough folk rock debut Cold Fact in 1970 - which included his best-known song, Sugar Man - and follow-up Coming From Reality in 1971, but they never took off in his homeland.

Following this lack of interest in his music he went back to renovation and restoration work to support his family, and even ran for the mayor of Detroit at one stage, while still continuing to perform on the side.

However, Rodriguez' songs took hold in New Zealand, Australia, and especially in South Africa where they struck a chord at a time when many people were agitating against the apartheid regime.

Tickets for the shows go on sale on August 28.

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- nzherald.co.nz

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