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!” Well, hang on.
The Stones weren’t the first Western rock band to play the country. Not even close. Audioslave did a gig there in 2005. The Manic Street Preachers played a show at the Karx 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 Stones being the first major international act to play Cuba? Rubbish.