Swedish Tour 1998
I just came back from a 3 day tour in Sweden with Rodriguez...
Olle Junholm: Guitar
Kenneth Holmström: Bass
Mattias Bylund: Keyboards
Magnus Sjölander: Drums
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 VeryCold Facts
The Swedish Tour
It started off with national TV on Friday...a morningshow at TV4.
Later the same day we played an outdoor concertat "Rolanbshovsparken" in Stockholm. It rained...so it was hardto get the audience going.
We finished off with playing "Spy bar"in Stockholm at midnight. Many of the Swedish celebrities were there! Onecomment was: "The first time Dylan played in Sweden there were only50 people there...Now I was one of them when Rodriguez first played here!"
Saturday we travelled toGothenburg where we played outdoor at "Götaplatsen". A beautifulday with a sunny "Avenyyn" (The party street in Gothenburg)...probablythe best concert on the Swedish tour!
Sunday we played at "Mölleplatsen"in Malmö in the south of Sweden. Another sunny day with a lot of peopleby the beautiful mill...It was a sad goodbye but we hope to see him again!
All the time there was people from other countriesthat "grew up" with Rodriguez...over here, sadly, nobody hadheard 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 kindof music?
Had you heard of Rodriguez before?
How long did you have to rehearse?
Do you like his music and words?
Do you have any of his CDs?
See Mattias'Gig list page. It's in Swedish, but you should be able to figure itout - just look for "Rodriguez"!
A Fan's Report
I wrote to you last week asking for some info onthe Rodriguez Swedish performances...well let me start to tell you aboutone of the best nights of my life with the man himself. After finding outwhere he was to perform in Gothenburg, he was to perform at a free concertin central Gothenburg along with Paul Young and another top Swedish artistStaffan Hellstrand (not Jakob Hellman as previously reported) forthe benefit of saving the Baltic Sea from pollution. So my girlfriend andI headed off to Gothenburg on Friday to spend the night and see the concerton Saturday night. Not having been released in Scandinavia, not many peopleknew who Rodriguez was, and most of the crowd had come to see Paul YoungI suspect.
Anyway after he had performed eight superb songsincluding two new tunes....Can't Get Away and Street Boy, Camilla and Idecided to sneak into the VIP enclosure which with the help of some passeddown tricks we suceeded in doing....using my SA (South African) accentin a sea of Swedes we eventually persuaded his promoter Steffan to seeif we could get a photo with Sugarman.... well, Brian to my complete excitement,Steffan returns 15min later with all access passes to go in, includingaccess 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 jerseywe enter his tent......the most generous, gentle down to earth man walksup, shows us to seats next to his and gets us drinks HIMSELF! To cut awonderful story short Camilla and I spent the next six hours in the man'scompany having a complete rave...with other top Swedish celebrities aswell as Paul Young at the after party with as much as you could drink allnight for zilch....kroner!
After his brief appearance at Park Lane, Rodriguezreturned to our VIP table with autographed copies of Live Fact, the liverecording from the Ellis Park tennis ground concert. We left at five inthe morning with the memories of an amazing human...a great evening ...anautographed CD...his pen...his glass....and a big smile.....
We have photos from the whole evening...I thoughtyou might want to hear about his Swedish tour......it was amazing for all.......
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