The Rolling Stones have never played Cuba before, but they are extending their Latin American tour so that they can. Even better, the concert, which has been dubbed the Concert for Amity, will play at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana on March 25th for free.
"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 said in a joint statement.
The group has wanted to do this for a long time, and promise to deliver a set list that is filled with "classic Stones hits" and "special gems" for the Cuban audience, according to Rolling Stone the magazine.
Fundashon Bon Intenshon will be organizing the event on behalf of Curacao. Their purpose is to push forward cultural literacy, healthcare, tourism, and education across the country. The Institute of Cuban Music has also provided support.
The concert will also be filmed and produced by JA Digital, and Paul Dugdale will direct the piece.
When they perform, the Rolling Stones will be the biggest act to perform in Cuba since 1959, when the country began its revolution. In fact, the government had previous banned young Cubans from listening to rock at all. Since they dropped that policy, they have begun to allow larger non-official concerts like Billy Joel, Stephen Stills, Kris Kristofferson, Weather Report and others.
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"Cuba has such a powerful cultural impact all over the world and for me, especially growing up in Florida, it became one of the biggest cultural centers for music to evolve from," Diplo wrote on Twitter. "I was lucky enough to visit Cuba a few years back with my friends Calle 13 and during my four days there, my mind was blown by the people, depth of culture and their way of life."