They become the first US rock band to play the communist country...

Audioslave have become the first US rock band to play outdoors in Cuba.

The band performed in front of thousands at

Havana’s Anti Imperialist Plaza last night (May 6). The Plaza was purpose built five years ago as a place for mass protest against the US government. It marks a massive sea-change for the country where rock and roll was previously viewed as one of America’s most effective


“It’s exciting to play music in a place that

American bands haven’t been to play,” frontman Chris Cornell said, “and it’s exciting to be the first American band to come and play some loud rock music and it’s all about that. The music is what it’s all about, period.”

As previously reported on NME.COM,

Audioslave release the Rick

Rubin-produced ‘Out Of

Exile’ on May 23, followed by a single

‘Be Yourself’ on May 30.