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.