Rolling Stones Announce First Ever Performance In Cuba
The Rolling Stones and Cuban officials have confirmed that they are to play a concert in Havana during the week of Easter. The concert will be free and will be held in the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana. The show has been rumoured for some months now, ever since front man Mick Jagger visited the city last October, sparking some to believe that he was scouting out potential venues. It now transpires that the event has been several months in the making, involving many talks between parties to finally secure the event.
The gig, that will take place on the 25th of this month, will be the first ever concert played by a British Rock band hosted by the country. Last month fuel had been added to the fire, when Cuban communist newspaper Granma spoke of the alleged show- describing it as ‘a historic moment that will open the doors for other great bands to arrive in Havana’.
The band released a statement, saying ‘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’. The Rolling Stones have proven themselves to be true pioneers of Rock ever still branching out to new horizons- having already toured most of the globe! Us Brits are overjoyed to have them represent our British Rock scene to the Cubans and have no doubts that the group will mesmerize their new audience. From a look at the set-list alone; filled with classic hits, as well as lesser known gems.
The band is currently touring Latin America, which had been planned to conclude in Mexico City on the 17th of this month. However, This historical concert will now follow the American Latina Ole tour; which has received great critical acclaim from audiences in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
The Stones are also ambassadors for a charitable, musician-to-musician initiative, which aims to provide much needed musical instruments and equipment to underprivileged Cuban musicians of all genres. In fact, the entire event, to be named “Concert for Amity” in Cuba has made possible by benefactors in support of international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty.
The “Concert for Amity” will be filmed by director Paul Dugdale and produced by Simon Fisher and Sam Bridger with the company JA Digital. Julie Jakobek of the production company has stated: “It’s a great honour to be working with the Rolling Stones again on this hugely exciting and historic event”.