Building on the progress made at Havana Jam 25 years earlier, Chris Cornell and Co. became the first American band to rock out on Cuban soil during an open-air concert on May 6th, 2005. More than 65,000 Cubans jammed into Havana's José Martí Anti-Imperialist Platform to see what Cornell claimed was the longest set Audioslave had ever played. They included material from the first two Audioslave albums, as well as past tracks from their prior bands, Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine. A concert film, Live in Cuba, was released that fall.
"I really didn't think the same after I left," Cornell later told ABC. "I really understood what music is and how it's that language that everybody speaks no matter what other audible language you speak."