The Rolling Stones announce free Cuba concert
The band will perform in Havana on March 25.
In less than a month, Cubans will be able to enjoy the Rolling Stones in concert. The iconic British rockers announced Tuesday that they’ll play a free concert in Havana on March 25 — which a press release touts as “the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.”
“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 band said in a statement.
The “Concert for Amity,” set for the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, comes on the heels of the Stones’ America Latina Ole tour, which has already taken the band to Santiago, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and São Paulo. Prior to the Havana gig, the group also has dates scheduled for Lima, Bogotá, and Mexico City.
In conjunction with their performance, the Rolling Stones will lead an initiative asking major music equipment suppliers like Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Roland to donate supplies for the benefit of Cuban musicians.
President Barack Obama announced in February that he will travel to Cuba this month, marking the first time a sitting U.S. presidient has visited the country in 88 years. Artists have recently traveled to the country — Beyoncé and Jay Z visited in 2014 but didn’t perform, while Major Lazer has a free Havana gig slated for March 6 — but the Stones’ appearance is perhaps the most prominent since Obama outlined plans to normalize American relations with Cuba in late 2014.