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It's official: Rolling Stones will play free concert in Cuba's capital on March 25

It's official: Rolling Stones will play free concert in Cuba's capital on March 25

Posted by PanamericanWorld on March 01, 2016

After weeks of speculation, the Rolling Stones confirmed Tuesday they are set to play a concert in Cuba's capital on March 25, a cost-free event that promises to become the biggest music act on the island since 1959.

A rep for the British band confirmed in a statement they will play in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva three days after President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the Caribbean nation.

“We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too," the statement read.

The concert is expected to draw a massive audience in a country where the government once persecuted young people for listening to rock music. It follows the Stones’ Latin American tour that ends in Mexico City on March 17.

According to their statement, the band has been planning the concert for several months, adding that it is being made possible by the Fundashon Don Intenshon from Curacao.

A wave of rumors about the concert began to swirl in October when frontman Mick Jagger visited the island on a private trip with one of his children. Back then, the Cuban media reported that the 72-year-old was scouting out a possible concert location.

The Stones guitarist Keith Richards hinted last year that the band would be in Havana and that negotiations were underway to get them to the island.

The historic concert in Havana will be filmed.

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