Songs were banned in Cuba decades ago under rule of Fidel Castro
The Rolling Stones have arrived in Havana to perform historic, free concert in a country where their music was banned for decades under the rule of Fidel Castro.
After the Stones' plane landed, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts walked down to the tarmac where they were greeted by crowds of reporters and well-known Cuban musicans.
"It's a pleasure to be in Cuba for the first time. And it's very nice to be here too" the group say.
Following the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power music from artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Elvis Presley was banned from radio and television.
"Time changes everything. We're very pleased to be here. I'm sure it's going to be a great show tomorrow. We had better get ready. We put a set list together. So I think it's great. We're very pleased to be here." Mick Jagger commented.
They have performed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay during their Latin America tour. Also, they added the Cuba show to the end the tour, making the Stones the first major international rock band to play Cuba.
"I think it's going to be good because as you say they haven't had any big shows before and it would have been surprising ten years ago for this to happen, and anyone who has been here a long time knows that" Jagger added.
The concert marks the end of a historic week for Cuba and a new chapter in their relationship with the United States. The performance comes just days after U.S. President Barack Obama visited the country - the first visit to the island by a U.S. president in 88 years.
"Yes, a great front man. He made a very good impression. He said some very interesting things and he was very charming and we're very pleased to be here after him." Richards and Jagger say. "I think he (U.S. President Barack Obama) made a very good impression here."
The concert will take place on the grounds of an outdoor sports complex, where 400,000 spectators are expected to crowd the football field and adjoining baseball fields. Cubans are invited to attend the concert for free on a first-come, first-served basis.