Rolling Stones To Play Free Concert In Cuba, March 25th
March 1, 2016 at 12:10 PM (PT)
THE ROLLING STONES will perform a groundbreaking, free concert in HAVANA, CUBA, on FRIDAY, MARCH 25th at the CIUDAD DEPORTIVA DE LA HABANA, the first open-air concert in the country by a BRITISH rock band. THE STONES will be performing in the CARIBBEAN for the first time ever.
This concert event follows the band’s AMERICA LATINA OLE tour, which is currently playing to huge audiences in stadiums in SANTIAGO, BUENOS AIRES, MONTEVIDEO, RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO and PORTO ALEGRE with LIMA, BOGOTA and MEXICO CITY following next week.
The band is also leading a musician-to-musician initiative in which much-needed musical instruments and equipment are being donated by major suppliers for the benefit of CUBAN musicians of all genres. Donors include the GIBSON FOUNDATION, VIC FIRTH, RS BERKELEY, PEARL, ZILDJIAN, GRETSCH, LATIN PERCUSSION, ROLAND and BOSS with additional assistance from the LATIN GRAMMY CUTURAL FOUNDATION.
A statement from the band read: “We have performed in many special places during our long career, but this show in HAVANA is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in CUBA, too.”
The ROLLING STONES concert, which has been in the planning stages for several months comes only days after PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA's recently announced visit to CUBA.
The entire event is being made possible by the FUNASHON BON INTENSHON on behalf of the island of CURACAO, which initiates and supports international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty.
It is being promoted by AEG's CONCERTS WEST and MUSICA PUNTO ZERO, who extend their gratitude for the support provided by the INSTITUTE OF CUBAN MUSIC in bringing this event to the people of CUBA.
THE ROLLING STONES' “Concert for Amity” will be filmed and produced by award-winning production company JA DIGITAL with PAUL DUGDALE directing and SIMON FISHER and SAM BRIDGER as producers.
Added JA DIGITAL's JULIE JAKOBEK: “It’s a great honor to be working with THE ROLLING STONES again on this hugely exciting and historic event."