Rolling Stones Play FREE Cuba Gig Infront Of Half A Million Fans At Historic Havana Show
Rolling Stones delight flocks of 500000 fans as they take to the stage in Cuba for landmark concert after Pop tries to BAN show.
The Rolling Stones delighted swathes of fans as they took to the stage in Cuba, to play the Communist state’s first open-air rock concert by a western band. The band opened the show in Havana with 1968 hit Jumping Jack Flash, and lead singer Sir Mick Jagger addressed the crowd in Spanish saying: “Hola Habana, buenas noches mi gente de Cuba”, which translates as “Hello Havana, goodnight my people of Cuba”, state media reported. A tour insider said: “The band’s team were flabbergasted, when the Vatican got in touch by letter couldn’t believe their eyes. Much as they didn’t want to upset the Pope, they had a contract to play and were going to honour it. They have made a promise to the Cuban people, and won’t let them down.”
Another source said the Stones replied to the Vatican, saying other global music events were being held on Good Friday. The band’s music was banned in Cuba for many years, because it was considered subversive and blocked from the radio. Cubans listened to their music in secret, passing records from hand to hand, and the band built up a huge fan base on the isolated island. Hundreds of thousands of those fans poured into the Ciudad Deportiva stadium, to watch the veteran rockers.
Sir Richard Branson told his Twitter followers, he would be supporting the band at their landmark show, writing: “Excited to be heading to Cuba to see my friends, the RollingStones rock Havana! StonesCuba.”
Sir Mick, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood flew into Jose Marti international airport, on Thursday with family members, and crew aboard their private plane.