The Rolling Stones have announced they are to give a free open air concert in Cuba later this month. The Havana gig will come three days after an historic visit to Cuba by Barack Obama – the first by a US president since 1928.
Cuba and the US announced in 2014 that they would normalise relations after more then half a century of Cold War animosity.
The concert is a milestone event in a country where the communist government once banned the British rock group’s music as an “ ideological deviation”.
After the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro, the brother of current President Raul Castro, to power, Cuba censored the London group in 1962 as well as the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
The Stones’s four members lead by Mick Jagger say they view their forthcoming appearance on March 25 as a land mark in their careers.