Just a few days after President Obama’s visit, the Rolling Stones played a historic show at Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva on Good Friday evening, March 25. It is claimed to be ‘probably their biggest ever crowd’, the vast majority of whom had never seen a British band perform on such a scale.
The 450,000+ crowd enjoyed a two-hour, 18 song set list that included the classics ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Paint It Black’ and ‘Miss You’ and the fans song vote winner ‘All Down The Line’.
“This is amazing! It’s really good to be here! It’s good to see you guys!” Mick Jagger told the crowd and added, “Here we are finally! We are sure that this night is going to be an unforgettable night, for you and for us.”
He added, “We know that years ago it was difficult to listen to our music here in Cuba, but here we are, playing for you in your beautiful land. I think that finally things have changed, haven’t they?”
Most Western music had been banned in Cuba since the 1960s — and rock ‘n’ roll was seen as subversive.
The band’s Cuba stop ended its “Ole” Latin America tour, which also included concerts in Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Out Of Control
All Down The Line (Song vote winner)
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women
– Band Introductions
Start Me Up
Sympathy For The Devil
You Can’t Always Get You Want
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones are now heading back to their hometown of London, where they will open their exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, on April 5.