Yesterday the U.S. based rock band The Dead Daisies kicked off their one-week tour in Cuba with a press conference and acoustic performance held at Havana’s Fabrica de Arte.
The questions ranged from those with political overtones to those asking why the first U.S. export was a rock group and not some other style of music? Marco Mendoza (a bassist from Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake), the only Spanish speaker in the group, handled many of the questions and insisted that rock music from the seventies and eighties was some the best music ever created. The well-attended conference, held in one of Cuba’s first privately owned art galleries and concert halls, quickly became a musical love-in as Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones) described growing up in New York City and hearing salsa music being played every day and long into the night in his neighborhood.
When asked if Cubans can dream about The Rolling Stones ever coming to Cuba Fowler answered that “you can always dream and dreams do come true!”
Other band members included on this tour include Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, Psychedelic Furs) on lead guitar, Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses, Hookers & Blow) on keyboards, David Lowy (Mink, Red Phoenix) on guitar and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) on drums as well as Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones, Sting, Peter Gabriel) and singer John Corabi (Motley Crue, RATT).
The band will be performing two shows while in Havana including Wednesday night at the Havana rock club Maxims and then Saturday night at the Salon Rosado de la Tropical. Opening for the show Saturday will be local musicians David Blanco and Anima Mundi.
AJ Twist is a Montreal based travel writer and photographer.