It’s official: the Rolling Stones are coming to Cuba.
After days of speculation, the legendary rock group announced on their Web site that they would be playing a free concert in Havana.
The show, called “Concert for Amity,” will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva in Havana on March 25.
It will be the first open-air concert by a British rock band in Cuba.
“Always exploring new horizons and true pioneers of rock, the Stones, who have toured every corner of the globe, will bring their high octane performance and incredible music catalogue to the Caribbean for the first time ever,” the band said in a statement.
The announcement comes after the Rolling Stones’ America Latina Ole tour, which saw the group perform to audiences in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre, with concerts in Lima, Bogota and Mexico City still to come.
The Rolling Stones will also be leading a “musician-to-musician” initiative in Cuba that will bring musical instruments and equipment to Cuban musicians.
“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 band said.
According to the group, the visit has been in the planning stages for several months; speculation first began when Mick Jagger visited Cuba in October 2015 on a “private visit.”