Rodriguez has scrapped his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand due to poor health.
“We regret to announce that Rodriguez’s planned shows in AU & NZ in Feb/Mar have been cancelled,” reads a statement issued by Frontier Touring, producer of the U.S. singer’s jaunt. “Rodriguez is very upset at having to let anyone down, and apologizes to everyone affected for the inconvenience.”
The Detroit native’s trek would have stretched across eight headlining shows in February and March, and three winery dates with Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou and others, as part of the A Day on The Green series.
Though his condition was not disclosed, Frontier Touring sends out a “speedy recovery” and notes the singer will return when he is ready and healthy.
Rodriguez, the subject of Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning 2012 documentary Searching For Sugar Man, is a regular visitor to these parts. He first toured Australia and New Zealand in the late 1970s, and returned in 2014 in the afterglow of Sugar Man. The folk-meets-psychedelic rock veteran headed back Down Under in 2016 for a run of 14 shows, which were captured for the live album, Rodriguez Rocks – Live In Australia.