by Paul Cashmere, Noise11
The Rolling Stones have performed their first ever show in Cuba to an estimated audience of 1.3 million.
The Stones are the biggest act in the world to play in Cuba since President Obama opened trade with the communist nation for the first time in 50 years.
Jumping Jack Flash became the first Stones song ever played live in Cuba. The original song was released just six years after John F. Kennedy started the trade embargo in 1962.
Mick Jagger told the audience “We know that years back it was hard to hear our music in Cuba, but here we are playing. I also think the times are changing.”
The Stones performed for free for their Cuban fans at the Havana Sports City football field. Half a million count it into the venue with the remainder of the audience watching on screens from around the city.
¡Hola Cuba! The Stones have arrived in Habana!— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 25, 2016
Free concert tomorrow at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana#StonesCuba pic.twitter.com/eqpCiSm8cc
Rolling Stones setlist, Cuba, March 25, 2016
- Jumping Jack Flash (single, 1968)
- It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) (from It’s Only Rock N Roll, 1974)
- Tumbling Dice (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
- Out Of Control (from Bridges To Babylon, 1997)
- All Down The Line (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
- Angie (from Goats Head Soup, 1973)
- Paint It Black (from Aftermath, 1968)
- Honky Tonk Women (single, 1968)
- You Got The Silver (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
- Before They Make You Run (from Some Girls, 1978)
- Midnight Rambler (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
- Miss You (from Some Girls, 1978)
- Gimme Shelter (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
- Start Me Up (from Tattoo You, 1981)
- Sympathy For The Devil (from Beggars Banquet, 1968)
- Brown Sugar (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (from Out Of Our Heads, 1965)