Rock legends the Rolling Stones strutted and sang before hundreds of thousands of jubilant Cubans in Havana on Friday, delivering a historic concert in a country that once forced fans to listen to their favorite music behind closed doors.
“Hello Havana! Good evening to my Cuban people,” lead singer Mick Jagger shouted in Spanish as he launched into the band’s classic “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
Coming two days after Barack Obama finished the first trip to Cuba by a U.S. president in nearly 90 years, Friday night’s free rock concert, called the biggest in the country’s history, sought to cement the communist-run island’s opening to the world.
“After today I can die,” said night watchman Joaquin Ortiz. The 62-year-old said he’s been a huge rock fan since he was a teenager in the 1960s, when Cuba’s communist government frowned on U.S. and British bands and he had to hide his Beatles and Stones albums in covers borrowed from albums of appropriately revolutionary Cuban groups. “This is like my last wish, seeing the Rolling Stones.”
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