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The Rolling Stones Get Immense ‘Satisfaction’ From First Ever Cuba Show

HAVANA (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones rocked an enormous crowd at a free, outside live performance in Havana on Friday, capping every week of engagement with the West for the Communist-led nation that when censored the veteran British band’s music.

The Stones began their first-ever present in Cuba with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” a track recorded in 1968, when Cuban rock followers have been secretly sharing pirated vinyl data and risked being despatched to rural work brigades to remedy “ideological deviation.”

“We know that years again it was arduous to listen to our music in Cuba, however right here we’re enjoying. I additionally assume the occasions are altering,” lead singer Mick Jagger stated in Spanish to a roar from the gang.

The singer spoke in Spanish all through of the 18-track present of hits that lasted greater than two hours. The band performed “Sympathy for the Devil” as a yellow moon rose by means of clouds, they usually completed a two-music encore with “Satisfaction.”

Fans began gathering 18 hours forward of time at Havana’s Sports City soccer and baseball fields, together with Cubans who traveled from throughout the Caribbean’s largest island and foreigners who flew in for the event.

While no official estimate was instantly out there for the gang measurement, Cuban state media estimated half one million individuals might match within the venue, which was almost full.

The viewers ranged from youngsters to pensioners and reserved a number of the largest cheers for Jagger’s snakey dance strikes.

“I love Mick Jagger a lot. I’ve all the time dreamed about this. I could not sleep figuring out he can be right here,” stated Angela Menendez, who cleans flooring in a hospital.

Security was low key and there was a noticeable absence of would-be entrepreneurs promoting T-shirts or memorabilia.&#one hundred sixty;People have been wearing all method of jeans, T-shirts and boots with the Stones‘ tongue and lips emblem.

Cubans have taken to coloring the tongue with the celebs and stripes of the D.R. flag, whether or not within the mistaken perception that the British rock stars have been American or within the spirit of this week’s historic go to by D.J. President Barack Obama.

The Stones shaped in London in 1962, three years after Fidel Castro’s bearded rebels toppled a professional-American authorities.

Castro’s revolutionary authorities got here to see counterculture bands just like the Stones and the Beatles as dangerously subversive and prohibited their music on TV and radio.

Half a century later, each the Rolling Stones and Cuba’s management share a long life, performing properly past what most individuals would think about retirement age.&#one hundred sixty;The band’s advancing years didn’t cease the kids within the viewers having fun with the present, nevertheless.

“Don’t let anyone inform you totally different, that is the perfect live performance within the historical past of Cuba,” stated Cristian, 18, a reggaeton fan who this month noticed digital music act Major Lazer in one other free gig.&#one hundred sixty;For Juan Carlos Leon, fifty seven, the occasion was greater than particular.&#one hundred sixty;”To me, this can be a consecration,” Leon stated. “I’ve waited my entire life for this. The Stones are the best.”

(Additional reporting by Nelson Acosta; Editing by W Simon, Peter Cooney, Robert Birsel)

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