The Rolling Stones: before they were legends (1965), and now in Cuba 2016

The Rolling Stones: before they were legends

It’s easy to forget how shocking the Stones were in 1965. The previously unreleased documentary Charlie Is My Darling is a riveting reminder of when they were a generational lightning rod
 -Monday 5 November 2012 Last modified on Friday 29 January 2016

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Respectable at last: Rolling Stones rock up in Havana for historic Cuba gig

Mick Jagger offers greeting in Spanish as band touches down at José Martí airport with entourage ahead of Friday’s (March 25) concert. 

Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones exit their plane after landing at José Martí airport in Havana on Thursday.
Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones exit their plane after landing at José Martí airport in Havana on Thursday. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Rolling Stones arrived in Cuba’s capital on Thursday 24 March, on the eve of the rock band’s historic free concert in a country where its music was once silenced.

Mick Jagger offered a brief greeting in Spanish and said he was happy to be on the island.

Friday night’s concert will come three days after US president Barack Obama wrapped up a visit to the communist-run island during which he declared an end to the last remnant of the cold war in the Americas.

The band’s private plane flew into José Martí airport with the four British rockers and about 60 technical workers and family members. The concert will be at Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva.

“We have performed in many special places during our long career, but this show in Havana will be a milestone for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba, too,” the band said in a statement released before the arrival.

In the heat of Cuba’s revolution from the 1960s to the 1980s, foreign bands such as The Rolling Stones were considered subversive and blocked from the radio. Cubans listened to their music in secret, passing records from hand to hand.

The band’s Cuba stop follows concerts in Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

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