By Nick Romano
March 26, 2016 at 03:48 PM EDT
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For years rock ‘n’ roll music had been discouraged in Cuba. Communist leader Fidel Castro famously denounced The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones‘ first album came out a few years after the Cuban Missile Crisis when the country’s leaders weren’t preferential to American-influenced music. Cut to now and the Mick Jagger-fronted band has made history by performing a free, outdoor concert in Havana for 500,000 Cubans. 

“We know that years back it was hard to hear our music in Cuba, but here we are playing,” Jagger said, according to Reuters. “I also think the times are changing.” 

The set list commenced with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and continued down memory lane with “Paint It Black,” “Start Me Up,” and finishing on “Brown Sugar” before the encores. CNN reports audience members donned the Stones’ lips logo painted with the colors of the American flag, while some also bounced inflated condoms throughout the crowd. 

“Thank you Cuba for an incredible, unforgettable show,” the band wrote on Twitter. “It was wonderful to see all of you!” See photos from the concert below. 


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The performance took place on Friday, capping a week that also marked the arrival of President Barack Obama in Cuba. His visit took place from March 20-22, making him the first sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years to set foot in the country.