14ymedio, Havana, 8 September 2016 – The American alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction has canceled its first concert in Cuba because of “transportation problems,” as reported Thursday by the official daily Granma. The performance, a spectacle that has been in preparation since last March, was scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 PM in the Salon Rosado of the Tropical Havana under the Habanarte festival.
Jane’s Addiction, created in 1986 by vocalist Perry Farrell, planned to celebrate in Cuba the 25th anniversary of Ritual de lo Habitual, one of its classic albums. Their performance will be replaced by a concert of the Swiss band Sumo.
This is the second time the group has suspended a show on the island. Last May, it announced its presence at the International Cubadisco Festival, but canceled the event at the last minute.
Since Washington and Havana announced the restoration of diplomatic relations in December 2014, the island has become a coveted destination for musicians such as the British band The Rolling Stones, and American band Diplo and its Major Lazer project, Questlove and the guitarist of the mythical ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons.
The Deputy Culture Minister Fernando Rojas, said it is not the first time that artists have announced a concert in Cuba, but ultimately did not perform. For him, it is about a strategy for seeking promotion, and that “Cuba is fashionable.”