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'Please allow me to introduce myself' - Rolling Stones 1st-ever gig in Cuba


'Please allow me to introduce myself' - Rolling Stones 1st-ever gig in Cuba


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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts met a new crowd on Friday night, performing in Cuba for the first time in their more than 50 years of performing around the world.

Cubans travelled from all over the country for the free gig at the 450,000-capacity Ciudad Deportiva venue in the capital, Havana.

Western music was banned for decades by the Cuba’s Communist government, so many of those at the concert had been secret lifelong Stones fans.

The set

The Rolling Stones started the show with ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, before taking the rapturous crowd on a journey through some of their biggest hits.

Views from the crowd

The gig came at the end of a landmark week for Cuba, which began with a visit by US President Barack Obama.

There was a feeling among some in the crowd that change was in the air.

  • “It feels like there’s been a breakthrough. Another culture has come to Cuba, another culture and we’re becoming friends.” – Hector
  • “I never thought I’d ever have this chance. It’s an unforgettable experience to watch their show.” – Josie
  • “Tonight is magic and historic. Long live Cuba!” – fan (name not provided)


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