Rock supergroup, The Dead Daisies, that features members of Guns N' Roses, Rolling Stones, INXS, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake just became the first American band to play Cuba in the post-embargo era.
Current bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent) welcomed Rolling Stones and ex-TDD bass player Darryl Jones along for the experience.
(Jones in the streets of Havana)
The band spent a week in Havana where they recorded and jammed with local musicians, taught music workshops, answered a few rounds of Q&A and played two sold out shows for the Cuban Ministry of Culture. The bass players described the experience as "life changing" and "one they will never forget."
(Mendoza sparks an impromptu jam with local musicians)
“As I Walk into my home in LA, I have to pause for a second and realize what just happened. I have so much to be Grateful for; we live in a world of abundance! From the minute we hit the ground in Cuba we were all running in so many directions. It was exciting and challenging, but a blast," Mendoza explained in a recent post. "Surrounded by people with their hospitality and their enthusiasm and their energy was magical, heart warming and sometimes heart breaking. But the people of Cuba are people of substance driven by passion, love and respect for humanity and the arts. And sharing the experience with some of the most talented people on the planet was definitely a highlight of my career. I can’t wait to go back!"
(Jones shops for a Cuban cigar)
“I am very happy to have been a part of this historic trip to Cuba. I found in the place and people a deep love and respect for music, art and culture. The audiences were among the most attentive, well informed and fervent I’ve ever performed for before," says Jones. "In Cuba, artists of all kinds are encouraged, educated and held in high regard and they are very excited about the exchange of creative ideas from musicians/artists from the US and the rest of the world. The warm welcome I received and kindnesses I experienced while there demonstrated these thoughts and feelings. I loved being there and sincerely look forward to returning soon.”
Learn more about The Dead Daisies and their experience in Cuba: HERE