Band play their first gig in the country on Friday (March 25)
The Rolling Stones have arrived in Cuba ahead of their concert in Havana on Friday night (March 25).
The band will play a free show at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana later this week, a concert that has been rumoured since frontman Mick Jagger visited Havana in October last year.
The Guardian reports that the band’s music had previously been banned following the Cuban revolution.
The Rolling Stones have now arrived into José Martí airport via a private plane. See photos of their arrival below.
Ahead of the show, the group have also released a video message to fans, speaking of their excitement at playing the “historic” gig in the “beautiful country”.
Their message to fans in the newly-released video (watch below) reads as follows: “Hello Cuba, we are very excited to be coming to play for you. We have performed in many incredible places, but this concert in Havana is going to be a historic event for us. We hope it will be for you too. Thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful country. We hope to see you all on March 25 at Ciudad Deportiva.”
Un mensaje de los Rolling Stones al pueblo Cubano, estamos muy felices de tocar para ustedes este viernes! #StonesCubaA message from the Rolling Stones to the Cuban people, we are so looking forward to playing for you on Friday!
Posted by The Rolling Stones on Tuesday, 22 March 2016
The gig follows increased diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US. President Obama visited Cuba this week and Diplo’s Major Lazer recently played a gig in Havana.
Chris Cornell recently called on The Rolling Stones to “tell all their friends” to play Cuba. The Soundgarden singer played a gig on the island in 2005 with Audioslave.
“I was thinking British bands, Australian bands that have sold millions and millions of records that can afford to go play for this audience – how come no one has come?” the singer questioned. “And I sort of halfway assumed because we did it, in probably the most difficult way possible, people would follow, and I’m kind of surprised that it’s taken this long.”