Swedish Tour 1998
Tour dates | Musicians | Set list | Reviews
I just came back from a 3 day tour in Sweden with Rodriguez...
My role was to play keyboards. The South African band (Big Sky)
was booked to do the tour but a week ago Rodriguez said he might not be
able to come...so the band's tickets were cancelled...then Rodriguez suddenly
could make it...and then it was too late to get the tickets back...all
the connections were fully booked!
- Mattias Bylund, Sweden, 16th June 1998
||Morning: TV4 show
Evening: Rolambshovsparken, Stockholm
Midnight: Spy Bar, Stockholm
||Afternoon: Götaplatsen, Gothenburg
Evening: Park Lane, Gothenburg
Sixto Rodriguez: Vocals, Acoustic guitar
Olle Junholm: Guitar
Kenneth Holmström: Bass
Mattias Bylund: Keyboards
Magnus Sjölander: Drums
The Set list
Only Good For Conversation
Can't Get Away
Inner City Blues
I Think Of You
Climb Up On My Music
Beatspeak 19th June 1998
Rodriguez In Sweden - The Very
A review by Sugar, read it here.
The Swedish Tour
by Mattias Bylund, June 1998
It started off with national TV on Friday...a morning
show at TV4.
We played "I Wonder" and "Climb Up On My Music".
Later the same day we played an outdoor concert
at "Rolanbshovsparken" in Stockholm. It rained...so it was hard
to get the audience going.
We finished off with playing "Spy bar"
in Stockholm at midnight. Many of the Swedish celebrities were there! One
comment was: "The first time Dylan played in Sweden there were only
50 people there...Now I was one of them when Rodriguez first played here!"
Saturday we travelled to
Gothenburg where we played outdoor at "Götaplatsen". A beautiful
day with a sunny "Avenyyn" (The party street in Gothenburg)...probably
the best concert on the Swedish tour!
The club gig at "Park lane": The place was packed and Rodriguez
was in a very good mood...thanking all those involved on the tour! Even
longer solos than usual...
Sunday we played at "Mölleplatsen"
in Malmö in the south of Sweden. Another sunny day with a lot of people
by the beautiful mill...It was a sad goodbye but we hope to see him again!
All the time there was people from other countries
that "grew up" with Rodriguez...over here, sadly, nobody had
heard of him...but now they have!
I wrote to Mattias to ask him some questions about the Swedish tour, here is his reply...
Brian: What band do you normally play in and what kind
Mattias: I play with a big band playing the "Blues Brothers"-style of
music... (Himlaväsen). I play with 2 gospel choirs. (Solid Gospel
& Gospel Inc.) I've got my own trio, playing weddings and parties with
a vocalist. My favorite thing is to do different things all the time, so
I try not to be in so many steady bands. Rodriguez was a perfect example!
Had you heard of Rodriguez before?
No...I recognized the "After The Fact" album sleeve though...
A friend saw an article in a Swedish paper (Expressen) a week before I
got the call about the "gig".
How long did you have to rehearse?
We rehearsed Wednesday night...Rodriguez came in Thursday...and we
went through the songs one time with him...and then we were off to the
TV-studio...Since we left late and got a flat tyre on the way everybody
was totally stressed-out when we got there...so I gotta tell ya - I wasn't
that sure what was gonna happen when the cameras came on...
Do you like his music and words?
Yes - I guess we don't listen to the lyrics the same way over here...but
I liked the songs a lot!
Do you have any of his CDs?
No - I just got a tape with the songs we were gonna play - so those songs
are the only of his songs that I've heard!
Gig list page. It's in Swedish, but you should be able to figure it
out - just look for "Rodriguez"!
A Fan's Report
by Chad from Sweden, June 1998
I wrote to you last week asking for some info on
the Rodriguez Swedish performances...well let me start to tell you about
one of the best nights of my life with the man himself. After finding out
where he was to perform in Gothenburg, he was to perform at a free concert
in central Gothenburg along with Paul Young and another top Swedish artist
Staffan Hellstrand (not Jakob Hellman as previously reported) for
the benefit of saving the Baltic Sea from pollution. So my girlfriend and
I headed off to Gothenburg on Friday to spend the night and see the concert
on Saturday night. Not having been released in Scandinavia, not many people
knew who Rodriguez was, and most of the crowd had come to see Paul Young
Anyway after he had performed eight superb songs
including two new tunes....Can't Get Away and Street Boy, Camilla and I
decided to sneak into the VIP enclosure which with the help of some passed
down tricks we suceeded in doing....using my SA (South African) accent
in a sea of Swedes we eventually persuaded his promoter Steffan to see
if we could get a photo with Sugarman.... well, Brian to my complete excitement,
Steffan returns 15min later with all access passes to go in, including
access food and drinks at the after VIP party at "Park Lane"
the top celeb hangout in Gothenburg.
WOW! WOW! WOW!
So in my slops, shorts and Springbok rugger jersey
we enter his tent......the most generous, gentle down to earth man walks
up, shows us to seats next to his and gets us drinks HIMSELF! To cut a
wonderful story short Camilla and I spent the next six hours in the man's
company having a complete rave...with other top Swedish celebrities as
well as Paul Young at the after party with as much as you could drink all
night for zilch....kroner!
After his brief appearance at Park Lane, Rodriguez
returned to our VIP table with autographed copies of Live Fact, the live
recording from the Ellis Park tennis ground concert. We left at five in
the morning with the memories of an amazing human...a great evening ...an
autographed CD...his pen...his glass....and a big smile.....
We have photos from the whole evening...I thought
you might want to hear about his Swedish tour......it was amazing for all.......