Cuba – The Rolling Stones confirmed on their website that they will give a free open concert in Cuba on March 25.
The legendary Rock and Roll band led by Mick Jagger will play in Havana, Cuba, during Easter week, announced Cuban cultural officials.
The show has been rumored for several months since Mick Jagger visited the island last October, and it was confirmed first by a Cuban television news in Facebook back on February 26th. According to Granma newspaper, the concert will become a historic moment for the country and it will open the doors for great bands in Havana.
A band spokesman assured it will be the first open-air concert in Cuba by a British rock band. The Rolling Stones are currently on a Latin American tour called “Olé- Tour” that ends March 17th in Mexico City.
“We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too,” said the Stones in a statement, as reported by the Los Angeles times.
The Rolling Stones’ music used to be considered noxious in Cuba
According to the Havana Times, for many decades, The Rolling Stones’ music, like The Beatles, was considered noxious to Cuban socialism and was actually banned and prohibited on the island headed by the government of Fidel Castro, during the Cuban revolution in the 1950’s.
The concert will be held just three days after the historical visit of US President Barack Obama to the country. Who will be the first US president in nearly 90 years to set foot on the island, just after the countries announced a diplomatic thaw and restoring diplomatic relations.
The Stones will perform on the grounds of Havana’s “Ciudad Deportiva” a sports complex built in 1957, and will be filmed by the famous director Paul Dugdale who has previously worked with artists such as Adele, Coldplay, One Direction, between many others.