Martin performed this at George W. Bush's inauguration party on January 18, 2001. Rosa, who helped write the song, was not pleased. He felt Bush was a bad choice for the Puerto Rican community and Martin should not have performed.
This was the theme song of the 1998 World Cup of soccer, which was held in France. Martin sang it at the opening ceremony, which gave him huge worldwide exposure.
"Cup Of Life" is a Spanglish version of Martin's Spanish-language song "La Copa De La Vida." With lyrics in English and Spanish, it was this version that was played on US radio.
Martin performed this at the 1999 Grammy Awards. Considered by many to be the highlight of the show, it introduced Martin to a new audience and made him an international star.
Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played the slide guitar on "Sixth Avenue Heartache." There is a connection here - Wallflowers lead singer Jakob's dad, Bob Dylan, played with Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.