The Rolling Stones makes history in the world of music
What a concert!!!
The free concert in Cuba of The Rolling Stones makes history as they became the first major international rock band to play in Cuba and Hundreds of thousands of people attended the free concert too!
The free concert may have only been rock ‘n’ roll but Cubans seemed to like it as Hundreds of thousands of people attended. The Rolling Stones became the first major international rock band to play in Cuba on Friday as they draw hundreds of thousands of people to a free concert at a decrepit sports complex on the road to the airport. This simply shows that they have many supporters and fans that surely love their music.
Rock music was banned on Cuban state TV and radio for years now following the Cuban revolution and Cubans who wore long hair and beards faced harassment from officials including Fidel Castro who told them to dress like men. But this is gone now!
Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger told the crowd in Spanish that years ago it was difficult to hear theu music but there they are and the times are changing. The legendary Stones guitarist Keith Richards added: “Havana, Cuba and the Rolling Stones: it’s amazing”
The concert of Rolling Stones was the result of months of rock ‘n’ roll diplomacy conducted after the United States and Cuba announced in 2014 that they would repair decades of broken relations. Jagger said after arriving to Cuba that it fells historic.
There was no charge to see the show since most Cubans only earn a paltry $20 a month. the Stones played many of their most familiar classics like “Paint it Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Brown Sugar” as they are aware that many of the Cubans attending had not heard much of the band’s music.
They were joined by a Cuban choir on stage to sing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’ And the Stones mounted a stage that glowed against the night sky like a giant juke box with towering video screens and a blasting sound system while concerts in Cuba are usually bare bones affairs
Celebrities such as singer Jimmy Buffett and model Naomi Campbell along with actor Richard Gere hung around the VIP section. The crowd inflated condoms that they then bounced up into the air which is a rarity in Cuba instead of blowing up balloons.
Cuban soldiers and police walked around the concert but it was marked by a mostly joyous atmosphere and the Cell service was out during the entire two-hour show too. The officials of Cuba have accused the U.S. of spamming concertgoers who attended the 2009 Juanes concert in Havana with anti-Castro text messages.
The Rolling Stones arrived the same week U.S. President Barack Obama made a historic visit to Cuba who promised to end decades of mistrust and hostility between the two countries. Ernesto Estevez who is an English teacher who lives across the street from the sprawling field where the Stones staged the concert said that he never would have guessed both things would have happened the same week yet it has happened which means anything can happen.