Rolling Stones to play free concert in Havana

HAVANA -- The Rolling Stones say they will play a free concert in Havana on March 25, becoming the biggest act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.

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The Stones will play in Havana's Ciudad Deportiva three days after President Barack Obama visits Havana. The concert is expected to draw a massive audience in a country where the government once persecuted young people for listening to rock music, then seen as a tool of Western capitalism. Along with dropping that policy, the Cuban government has increasingly allowed large non-official gatherings.

The band says 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."

The Rolling Stones announce free concert in Cuba! #StonesCubahttps://t.co/Xdl4DW9lnHpic.twitter.com/olRCAc2XbX

— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 1, 2016


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