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Audioslave Speaks About Playing Cuba

By Newsferatu, Writer
Thursday, May 5, 2005 @ 5:18 PM


Crowds Could Reach 1 Million

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Audioslave is storming the beaches of Havana, Cuba.

This is historic in that an American rock band has never played the Havana waterfront. It's being billed at Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by a U.S. band.

Audioslave is promising to make its Friday night concert the longest, loudest and best Cubans have ever heard. Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello told a crowded news conference today (Thursday): "They have to come to the show and go absolutely crazy."

Tomorrow's show at the Anti-Imperialist Tribunal has the potential to be Cuba's largest concert. Crowds of a million people have turned out for government-sponsored demonstrations against the United States that file past the Tribunal stage for hours.

Audioslave's members are known for their socialist ideology, but they went out of their way to avoid political topics during the press conference.

"It's all about the music, period," said bassist Tim Commerford.

Audioslave broke away from a U.S. tour promoting their upcoming album, "Out of Exile," to come to Cuba after what Morello described as a lengthy effort to win approval from both governments.

The U.S. government's restrictions on Cuba's communist government often have made it tough for artists to travel to the island.

Cuba's government considered rock subversive in the 1960s, but has since warmed to some of it -- even dedicating a park to John Lennon. But it has been slow to celebrate the louder, more rebellious forms of rock.


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