The Dead Daisies will become one of the first western acts to perform in Cuba since the Obama administration opened up trade with the country.
The Dead Daisies will be guests of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency.
The shows will include collaborations with Cuban musicians Yasek Manzano, Carlos Miyares, Michel Herrera, Alejandro Martinez, Harold Lopez and Yaimi Karel.
For the shows the Australian founded, ever-evolving supergroup will welcome back The Rolling Stones bass player Darryl Jones and welcome Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler and introduce former Motley Crue, Ratt member John Corabi with longstanding members Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, Psychedelic Furs) on lead guitar, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) on bass, 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.
“For my entire life, Miami was as close to Cuba as myself and all Americans could get and I assumed it would remain that way for the rest of my time,” commented Dizzy Reed. “Now, we are all coming down to Cuba to play some kick ass rock n’ roll and soak in the culture, the food, the RUM and of course, the music. And with the long overdue changes in diplomacy just ahead, it feels like the right time to come and hang. It’s been a life long dream of mine to experience Cuba, so much history and influence in this part of the world, and now that is about to happen. Can’t wait amigos.”
Guitarist Richard Fortus adds, “As an American, playing in Cuba is an incredible opportunity. To work and learn from Cuban musicians, and to experience their unique musical character is a dream of mine. I know this will be one of my greatest experiences yet.”
The Dead Daisies Cuba Schedule
Sun, Feb 22 – Havana, Cuba – Welcome Cocktail Party with Cuban Ministry, Institute & Musicians
Mon, Feb 23 – Havana, Cuba – Press Conference & Acoustic Performance at la Fábrica de Arte
Tues, Feb 24 – Havana, Cuba – Cuban Recording Sessions with local Cuban musicians
Wed, Feb 25 – Havana, Cuba – Cuban Recording Sessions and Club Gig at Maxims
Thurs, Feb 26 – Havana, Cuba – Music School & Master Class Visits
Fri, Feb 27 – Havana, Cuba – Cuban Recording Sessions
Sat, Feb 28 – Havana, Cuba – Cuba Rocks For Peace concert at Salón Rosado de La Tropical
By Paul Cashmere, Noise 11
February 6, 2015