Since the formation of the Rolling Stones in 1962, the world renowned band has never held a performance in Cuba. However, on Friday, March 25 the band will make history as they perform in Havana for the first time during a free open-air concert.
The Rolling Stones say in a statement that “we have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.” This concert is being held just three days after yet another historic first visit takes place. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years.
In 1968, Fidel Castro launched a revolutionary offensive which aimed to cleanse the stain of capitalism from Cuba. A genre despised by Castro, one of the things that Cuban authorities targeted in this offensive was rock music. The messages and themes that rock music promoted were believed to corrupt the minds of the Cuban youth. This repressive offensive also shut down all of the nightclubs in Havana for a year.
The Rolling Stones will be leading a musician to musician initiative, which will provide essential musical instruments and equipment to benefit Cuban musicians of all genres. Being one of the most educationally conscientious companies in the music industry, we are among the list of donors who will be providing equipment for this respectable initiative.