Rolling Stones Announce Free Concert in Cuba
The Rolling Stones will give a free concert in Cuba later this month.
According to the band’s spokesman, the show in the capital Havana on March 25 was “the first open air concert in Cuba by a British rock band”.
The Rolling Stones are currently on a Latin American tour due to end on March 17 in Mexico City.
The Havana concert will come three days after an historic visit to Cuba by President Barack Obama.
In a statement, The Stones said: “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.”
Rock music was marginalized in Cuba for political reasons after the Cuban revolution in the 1950s which saw Fidel Castro come to power.
In 2001, Manic Street Preachers became the biggest British rock band to play in Cuba, putting on a show at Havana’s Karl Marx Theatre which was attended by the Cuban president.
The Rolling Stones’ America Latina Ole tour also includes shows in Brazil, Peru and Colombia.