- 23 Mar 16
The gig follows increased diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US
The Rolling Stones are set to play their first-ever gig in Cuba this Friday (March 25).
Ahead of the show, the group have released a video message to fans, speaking of their excitement at playing the "historic" gig.
Their message to fans in the newly-released video (watch below) reads as follows:
"Hello Cuba, we are very excited to be coming to play for you. We have performed in many incredible places, but this concert in Havana is going to be a historic event for us. We hope it will be for you too. Thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful country. We hope to see you all on March 25 at Ciudad Deportiva."
The gig was confirmed recently after much speculation following a Cuban news network posting the news on their official Facebook page.
An article in Granma confirming the show then followed this. Granma is the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, in their article they claim that the show "will open the doors for other great bands to arrive in Havana."
This will be The Rolling Stones first show in Cuba and it is seen as another positive step that the country is taking towards lifting tensions that have existed between them and the United States since the 1950's.
The Stones are not the only band to ever play in Cuba, The Manic Street Preachers famously played Havana in 2001 and our man Stuart Clark took the trip over to see the historic occasion take place.
We searched our archives to find his review of that show and you can read it here.