Great expectations are rising in Cuba before the March 25 concert of legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones who will offer a free concert in Havana to complete its Olé Tour of Latin America.
The British Embassy in Cuba has organized a week of musical events which will peak with the Rolling Stones concert on the island.
Soundbite (English): Tim Cole, UK ambassador in Cuba
“I am very proud that the Rolling Stones are coming to play to Cuba. To be the British ambassador here at the same time the Rolling Stones will play is a fantastic experience as I think it will be for all of Cuba. I am as excited as anyone that they are coming to play here.”
For young Cubans, this is a unique opportunity to witness one of the most important bands in history.
Soundbite (Spanish): Modesto Diaz, young Cuban fan
“The Rolling Stones are one of the most historical groups ever. They are coming to Cuba and all fans of the group, not just the young, are excited, proving that this band appeals to a wide range of generations. This is part of the opening up to the world that Cuba is currently carrying out.”
Soundbite (Spanish): Michel Alvarez, Cuban musician
“It’s a great opportunity to see them because they are a legendary rock group. We have not had many opportunities to see famous groups of this kind. As a rock musician, this is a big moment as I greatly admire this group ”
The group announced on March 1 that it would offer a free concert in Cuba and described it as a milestone for its career.
The show, as part of the Stones’ “Olé Tour” for Latin America, will be the first for the band in Cuba and will take place three days after the historic visit of US President Barack Obama.
As they have done in cities like Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will play such classic rock songs such as “(I Can not Get No ) Satisfaction”, “Start me up” and “Sympathy For The Devil “.