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Havana prepares for historic concert by the Rolling Stones

Havana prepares for historic concert by the Rolling Stones

Posted by PanamericanWorld on March 09, 2016

Preparing the stage for the Rolling Stones' March 25 free concert in the Cuban capital is now underway at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva, where some 200,000 fans of the British band are expected to gather for the historic show.

Members of the multinational team building the backstage told EFE that work began Monday to erect the imposing stage setting, which will measure some 80 meters (195 feet) long and 20 meters (66 feet) high, and whose components were shipped to the island in more than 60 containers.

Preparations for the massive show have become "a great challenge," the vice president of the Cuban Institute of Music, Osmani Lopez, said in an article published Tuesday in the Communist Party daily Granma.

With expectations of a huge turnout, Lopez said they have "created the conditions" so the audience can "enjoy the show in a wonderful atmosphere."

Rumors about a possible Rolling Stones concert in Cuba have swirled since band frontman Mick Jagger made a private visit to the island last October.

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