The Rolling Stones make rock ‘n’ roll history with concert in Havana, Cuba

Mick Jagger and co. became the first major international rock band to play a concert in the country

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger

    The Rolling Stones made rock ‘n’ roll history last night becoming the first major international rock band to play a concert in Cuba since the United States lifted sanctions on the country. The band staged the “Concert for Amity” at Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva in Havana.

    According to the Guardian, hundreds of thousands of Cubans came out to watch the free concert, which saw the Stones perform an 18-song setlist of greatest hits. Notable moments include a fan requested performance of “All Down the Line” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” featuring accompaniment from a Cuban choir.

    Another fascinating anecdote, reports CNN, was the presence of inflated condoms bouncing up and down in the crowds. Balloons are apparently a rarity in Cuba.


    “We know that years ago, it was difficult to listen to our music in Cuba, but now here we are in your beautiful land,” Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said to the audience in Spanish. “I think that, finally, the times are changing. That’s true, no?”

    Plans for the “Concert for Amity” have been in the works since the United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba last year, and the band hit the stage just days after President Barack Obama visited the country for the first time. The concert was filmed for an eventual release.

    Watch a compilation of fan-shot footage from the concert below. Update – Monday, March 28th at 8:35 a.m. CT: The Stones have shared official video from the concert. The full setlist follows.


    Jumpin’ Jack Flash
    It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
    Tumbling Dice
    Out of Control
    All Down the Line
    Paint It Black
    Honky Tonk Women
    You Got the Silver
    Before They Make Me Run
    Midnight Rambler
    Miss You
    Gimme Shelter
    Start Me Up
    Sympathy for the Devil
    Brown Sugar

    You Can’t Always Get What You Want
    (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

    Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article suggested The Rolling Stones were the first international rock band to play Cuba, well in reality Audioslave, Manic Street Preachers, and Manu Chao all played the country over the last decade or so.