HAVANA (AP) — The Rolling Stones arrived in Cuba’s capital Thursday, on the eve of the rock band’s historic free concert in a country where its music was once silenced.
Mick Jagger offered a brief greeting in Spanish and said he was happy to be on the island.
Friday night’s concert will come three days after President Barack Obama wrapped up a visit to the communist-run island during which he declared an end to the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.
In the heat of Cuba’s revolution from the 1960s to the 1980s, foreign bands like The Rolling Stones were considered subversive and blocked from the radio. Cubans listened to their music in secret, passing records from hand to hand.
The band’s Cuba stop follows concerts in Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.