Sunday 17 December 2017

Rolling Stones land in Cuba for historic concert

The Rolling Stones are to play a free concert in Havana
The Rolling Stones are to play a free concert in Havana

The Rolling Stones have arrived in Cuba for their historic free concert in Havana, where the band's music was banned for many years.

Sir Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood flew into Jose Marti international airport with family members and crew aboard their private plane.

Their concert is the second landmark event in the country this week, after the visit by American president Barack Obama - the first US president to visit the country since the 1959 revolution.

Sir Mick greeted fans in Spanish on their arrival, saying he was happy to be there.

Prior to their landing, the band released a video in Spanish, with English subtitles, saying: "We have performed in many special places during our long career but this concert in Havana is going to be an historic event for us. We hope it will be for you too."

The band, who are due to play at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva stadium, invited fans to vote for a song to be played on stage on their official website.

The Rolling Stones have been touring Latin America, performing concerts in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Brazil.

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