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Cubans get satisfaction as Rolling Stones rock Havana

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Cubans get satisfaction as Rolling Stones rock Havana


They’ve jumped around to “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” for decades – but never before in Cuba.

The Rolling Stones staged their free concert in Havana on Friday night, opening the outdoor show with the 1960s song.

Unlike the band’s fans in Cuba today, those at the time had to listen to such music in secret or risk the wrath of the communist authorities.

“We know that years back it was hard to hear our music in Cuba, but here we are playing. I also think the times are changing,” Mick Jagger said in Spanish to a roar from the crowd.

The singer addressed the audience in Spanish throughout the event that lasted for more than two hours.

Like Cuba’s leadership, the Rolling Stones have carried on performing well beyond what most people would consider the normal retirement age.

The venue, which Cuban media had estimated could fit half a million people, was almost full.

The hundreds of thousands who turned out ranged from teenagers to pensioners who remember the Cold War era that saw the London band form only three years after the Cuban revolution.

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