HAVANA TIMES — The Rolling Stones hold their first concert ever in Cuba tonight at the Havana Sports City grounds.
The outdoor event is set for 8:30 p.m. and is free.
“We have played in many special places during out long career, but this show in Havana is going to be a historic event for us,” said the band on announcing the concert.
Listening to rock music, and especially in English, was branded as ideological deviation for decades by Cuba’s leaders. Considered a launching pad of capitalism by Fidel Castro, the music was banned on Cuban radio and television.
But now the times they are a changing and the Rolling Stones concert is expected to draw hundreds of thousands tonight on Good Friday.
The band had planned the concert for months and Mick Jagger was seen in Cuba on a private trip back in October, 2015. It was known in Havana that he wanted to perform here, noted dpa news.
The Rolling Stones concert was made public at the beginning of the month as the last stop on their “Ole” tour of Latin America, which took them to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico.