Free Rolling Stones’ Concert (Havana, Cuba)
* Free Rolling Stones’Concert!
At first glance -Jeff Eats thought that this recent admitonenow.com article was an advertisement for a new senior assisted living facility opening in Pembroke Pines…
Did any of you guys go? (The concert was this past Friday)- Havana is only 90 miles north of Key West!-you may-be wondering how Jeff Eats knows the distance/mileage- you guys do remember John Kennedy, Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev, sure you do!
Tonight, the Rolling Stones will bring their music to Cuba for the first time ever. Concert organizers expect more than a million people to show up on the streets of Havana for the open air concert. The band arrived in the Cuban capital on Thursday. The performance is billed as the first open-air concert in Cuba by a British rock band ever. Not too long ago, Rock and Roll was considered subversive and decadent by the Castro-regime, so this concert marks something of a milestone. Up until the year 2000, the music of the Beatles was banned.
The Rolling Stones have now been touring for over five decades. In a recent press release, lead singer Mick Jagger told Cuban fans “We are so excited to be coming to play for you. Thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful country.”
Music really breaks barriers. Recently, Cuba saw electronic artist Diplo perform in Cuba’s first ever electronic dance concert. Cuba is the last stop on the Rolling Stones’ Latin America tour.
The concert is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. If 1 million people actually show up to the concert, that equates to 1 in 11 people on the island.
Fun fact: Guitarist Keith Richards has one very strange requirement before he goes on stage. He must have Shepherd’s pie or the show will not go on.
In return for the “free” concert, the band is expected to receive a lifetime supply of Cuban cigars. Well, at least that’s what we assume.