7th March 1998
Reviews by Brian Currin, Sugar and Ian Landsberg.
Photo by Brian Currin
The Set List
- I Wonder
- Only Good For Conversation
- Can't Get Away
- Crucify Your
- Jane S. Piddy
- To Whom It May
- Like Janis
- Inner City Blues
- Street Boy
- A Most Disgusting
- I'll Slip Away
- Halfway Up The
- I Think Of You
- Rich Folks Hoax
- Climb Up On My
- Sugar Man
- Establishment Blues
- Forget It
Scan of the sound engineer's setlist, dated and autographed by the Man, himself!
From Sweet Songs
To Street Songs
a review by Brian Currin
From the simplistic, yet instantly recognisable bass guitar intro of I Wonder, to the last fading echoes of Thanks For Your Time, this was a show that enthralled everyone from the die-hard
old fans with their balding heads and beer paunches to the new virgin devotees.
From sweet songs to street songs,
from bitter to beautiful,
from minor keys to metal mayhem,
from tear-jerker to tear-it-up,
from disgusting songs to rock anthems...this was truly a magic show of
Rodriguez has not released new material in over
25 years, he has no chart-topping singles, yet he opens to a standing ovation
- and everybody sings along to all the songs.
Colin Taylor from KFM radio opened the show by
shouting with great enthusiasm:
"Cape Town, put your hands together and welcome a true legend on stage
Reuben Samuels started a slow drum beat and when
Graeme Currie introduced that classic bass line (de-de de-de de-dum) the
crowd went wild in instant recognition and when The Man slipped quietly
onto the stage, the Velodrome stood up in adoration for this long-lost
legend. I Wonder was wonderful and after the song, Rodriguez just
stood and stared at the audience in awe.
Only Good For Conversation was done hard
and heavy with great guitar from Willem Möller.
"..you're so proper and so cute" sang Rodriguez with a
smile in his voice.
Can't Get Away was superb and when he started to sing the second
verse again by mistake, the band supported him and the audience forgave
All the favourites followed with the arrangements
staying very close to the originals and the crowd hanging on every word.
Tonia Selley from The Pressure Cookies and Big Sky provided superb backing
A highlight was the solo rendition of "A
Most Digusting Song" sung with great humour. "There's
someone here who's almost a virgin I'm told" was met with much
And when he sang "...your government will provide the shrugs"
a responsive chord was hit, even though this song was written in 1970!
Rodriguez does'nt say much, he lets his music and
words speak to us, but he did give us one message:
"I want to wish you the best of luck
in everything you do,
you're gonna do it,
you're gonna solve it,
you're gonna heal 'em,
you're gonna do it"
- perceptive and profound words from this poet and prophet.
And then into an absolutely incredible blues-rock
version of Climb Up On My Music. Willem Möller burnt up his
fretboard with a classic rock guitar solo and Russel Taylor played a jazzy-blues
keyboard solo which left us breathless.
Rodriguez slipped away as the band ended the song,
but soon returned to perform a 3-song encore starting with Sugar Man,
then Establishment Blues and ending with the perfect show-closer
Forget It with those poignant words "Thanks for your time".
"Thank you, Cape Town" sang Rodriguez.
No, thank YOU, Rodriguez - the mystery and myth may be gone, but the music
and memories will live forever and the magic of that night will stay with