Interview: Passenger Talks Secret Shows And Being Half Australian

Michael David Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, is gearing up for a marathon Australian tour which kicks off this Friday, 16th January in Hobart. The English folk singer-songwriter will be playing some mammoth venues during the trek, including Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena and The Adelaide Entertainment Centre, a far cry from the street corners and regional pubs that he and his guitar once graced.

“I used to come play all over the place in Australia,” he tells Music Feeds. “I used to stay here for 6 or 9 months at a time… and play all sorts of regional shows and busk everywhere.”

And despite referring to himself as “that weird English man with the beard”, Rosenberg says his time in the land Down Under has led to him feeling like one of our own homegrown musos. “Half of me feels like a domestic act because I’ve been here for so long,” he says.

And to reward the Aussie audiences who have stood by him for so many years, the troubadour has announced that he will perform a secret show tonight, Wednesday, 14th January, in Sydney — and he’s giving away all the tickets for free. Unfortunately, however, the details are hard to come by.

“Not allowed to reveal anything about it”, he says. “Actually the FBI are involved at quite a high level. And Barack Obama. It goes straight to the top.” However, we can reveal that keen fans can email passenger@iemusic.co.uk for details and a shot at getting on the guest list. Make it snappy!

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