Watch The Rolling Stones’ message to fans ahead of ‘historic’ Cuba gig

Band describe Cuba as a 'beautiful country' before Havana concert on Friday (March 25)

The Rolling Stones are set to play their first-ever gig in Cuba this Friday (March 25). Ahead of the show, the group have released a video message to fans, speaking of their excitement at playing the “historic” gig in the “beautiful country”.

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.

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.”

The Rolling Stones are coming to Cuba!

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.”