(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Audioslave are set to become the first U.S. rock band to perform outdoors in Cuba, sharing the stage with their Cuban music counterparts on May 6 at La Tribuna in Havana, Cuba. The concert will be free and open to the Cuban public. In the past, the open air venue has accommodated up to 1 million people.
The performance was authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Instituto Cubano de la Musica. The effort represents an opportunity to share with the Cuban youth the free expression of music that embodies rock and roll.
"Kids are the same all over the world, and we are extremely proud and excited to bring rock 'n' roll to the youth of Cuba," said Audioslave. "It's all about the music, and free expression of music crosses all barriers. This is a rare opportunity, and we are grateful and honored to have the support of both countries."
The band will be in Havana May 4-7, interacting with the Cuban youth and the Cuban musical artists. Interscope/Epic, Cynthia Semon, William Martinez and Phil Sandhaus, as well as Done and Dusted, a U.K. film production company, are producing the event with the Instituto Cubano de la Musica. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen