Stones’ Historic Cuba Concert


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)

Tumbling Dice

Out Of Control

All Down The Line (Song vote winner)


Paint It Black

Honky Tonk Women

– Band Introductions

Midnight Rambler

Miss You

Gimme Shelter

Start Me Up

Sympathy For The Devil

Brown Sugar


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.


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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