The Rolling Stones on Tuesday announced plans to play a free concert in Cuba later this month.
“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 rock band said in a statement.
The Hall of Fame rock band plans to perform in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, a sporting arena, on March 25th. It will mark the group’s first appearance in the Caribbean nation, as well as the first open-air concert by a British group there.
The stop in Cuba is scheduled to be the last show of the group's “America Latina Ole” tour.
The jaunt through Latin America has so far included concerts in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre. Additional stops in Bogota, Lima and Mexico City are scheduled next week.
The Rolling Stones are also launching an initiative to benefit Cuba’s musicians, the statement said. The band is partnering with major music suppliers to donate equipment and instruments to artists in the Communist nation.
President Obama is planning on visiting Cuba before the Rolling Stones show, traveling through America’s former Cold War rival March 21 and 22.
Obama's planned trip would make him the first chief executive to step on Cuban soil since Calvin Coolidge’s visit in 1928.