Rolling Stones to play free open air concert in Cuba

Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will play in Havana on March 25

Lorna Cooper
Tuesday 01 March 2016 18:39
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The Rolling Stones concert comes only days after President Barack Obama's recently announced visit to Cuba
The Rolling Stones concert comes only days after President Barack Obama's recently announced visit to Cuba

The Rolling Stones will become the first British band to play an open air concert in Cuba.

Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will play for free at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana in Havana on March 25.

In a statement, The Rolling Stones said: "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 concert, which has been in the planning stages for several months, comes only days after President Barack Obama's recently announced visit to Cuba.

The band are also leading a musician to musician initiative in which musical instruments and equipment are being donated by major suppliers for the benefit of Cuban musicians of all genres.

Donors include The Gibson Foundation, Vic Firth, Zildjian, Latin Percussion, Roland and Boss, with additional assistance from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation.

The Rolling Stones are currently on tour in South America for their America Latina Ole tour, which is receiving rave reviews.

They have played to huge audiences in cities including Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, with Lima, Bogota and Mexico City following next week.

The Rolling Stones Concert For Amity will be filmed and produced by award winning production company JA Digital.

Paul Dugdale, the filmmaker who helmed One Direction: Where We Are is directing.

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The producers will be Simon Fisher of Ed Sheeran: Live at Wembley Stadium fame, and Sam Bridger who produced The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live.

Julie Jakobek of JA Digital said: "It's a great honour to be working with the Rolling Stones again on this hugely exciting and historic event".

In the years following the Cuban Revolution, which culminated with Fidel Castro becoming prime minister in 1959, rock music was viewed as a symbol of Western capitalism in the Communist country.

Following the Cuba concert, The Rolling Stones will fly to London to open Exhibitionism, the band's first ever exhibition, at the Saatchi Gallery on April 4.

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