Rolling Stones Play Historic Cuba Gig
The Rolling Stones played to nearly 500,000 fans in Cuba on Friday in a historic free concert in Havana. The British veteran rockers are the first Western band to play in the country since the Communist Revolution, and frontman Sir Mick Jagger told fans at the Ciudad Deportiva venue that it would be an “unforgettable” night.
Before opening the show with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” the singer addressed the crowd in Spanish, “Hola Habana, buenas noches mi gente de Cuba” – which translates as “Hello Havana, goodnight my people of Cuba.” He added, “We’re finally here. I’m sure this will be an unforgettable night.” Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts had jetted into the country on Thursday with their crew and families ahead of their historic gig. Before they landed, they released a video in Spanish with English subtitles, saying: “We have performed in many special places during our long career but this concert in Havana is going to be an historic event for us. We hope it will be for you too.” Their music had been banned in Cuba for years because it was considered subversive, and was stopped from playing on the radio. Editors at the Daily Mirror report that Cubans listened to their music in secret, eventually building a huge Rolling Stones fanbase in the country. visit the country since the 1959 revolution.