Garden Route 2004
Rodriguez played three sold-out concerts on the Garden Route in the Southern Cape this past weekend. His band for these concerts was Graeme Sindall (lead guitar), Heath Sindall (drums), and Neil Ford (bass).
The first gig was at The Barnyard in Mossel Bay on Friday 13th August followed by two concerts on Saturday 14th August at Beyond The Moon in Hoekwil in the Wilderness.
Rodriguez was in top form and played three lengthy sets which included many of his best-known songs off 'Cold Fact' like the compulsory 'Sugar Man', 'I Wonder', 'Inner City Blues', and 'Rich Folks Hoax' alongside rarer tracks like 'Street Boy', 'Can't Get Away', and many off the 'After The Fact/Coming From Reality' album.
But it was the cover versions sprinkled into these sets that caused just as much interest. Rodriguez made songs like Etta James' 'At Last', The Beatles' 'All My Loving' and 'Daytripper', and the Stones 'Satisfaction' all his own. Rodriguez also covered Midnight Oil's 'Redneck Wonderland', Sinatra's 'I Got You Under My Skin' and an obscure song from Judy Garland called 'I'm Going To Live'.
Rodriguez, now 62, is in great shape and enjoyed playing these gigs with his new, young band from the area. At this stage no more SA gigs are lined up for this visit, but plans are underway for more SA gigs of this low-key nature in the near future.
-- Sugar Segerman, 17th August 2004