Published on March 28th, 2016 | by Alan Cross3
Let’s Be Clear: That “Historic” Rolling Stones Gig in Cuba Wasn’t Really That Historic
Much was made about the historic gig played by the Rolling Stones in Cuba back on March 25. “A Western rock band finally plays a show in Communist Cuba! An appearance by a major international rock act! Unprecedented!”
Just hang on, sunshine. Some people aren’t consulting history.
Audioslave did a gig there in 2005. They’re credited as being the first American rock band to perform an open-air show in the country.
The Manic Street Preachers played a show at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana in 2001.
But we can also go all the way back to 1979 for an event called Havana Jam. This was a Latin-and-jazz flavoured event that also featured appearances by Stephen Stills and Billy Joel.
That rot about the Stone being the first major international act to play Cuba? Rubbish.