Stones Playing Free Concert in Cuba

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Stones Playing Free Concert in Cuba

Mar 1, 2016
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The Rolling Stones Announce Free Concert in Cuba
By MIKE AYERS



The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Havana on March 25. Dubbed the “Concert for Amity,” the show will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana. The Associated Press notes that they are the biggest act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.

“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 band said in a statement. A press release says the band will perform their hits, along with “special gems” from their catalog, and has been in the works for months.

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What a great gesture by giving to those unfortunate souls who have been crippled by a dictator. Bravo!!!!
 

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re: no one there could afford their regular ticket price!

I thought Cuba was a worker's paradise.

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I wouldn't be suprised if this is video taped, HBO / commercial release afterwords, and becomes a cash cow for the Stones ? ;-)
Or maybe just a good natured Mick and friends gift ?
 

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drummerbill said:
I wouldn't be suprised if this is video taped, HBO / commercial release afterwords, and becomes a cash cow for the Stones ? :wink:
Or maybe just a good natured Mick and friends gift ?
With the Stones it maybe just a kind gesture,but if it were KISS it would be a DVD along with Live CD and what ever else Gene could squeeze from it LOL
 

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As has been alluded to in other posts, they will make out on this in some way! HBO specials sounds about right!
 

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Maybe it won't be a bad thing and helped to wet the people's appetite to Western culture. I think Iron Maiden played a couple gigs in East Germany before the wall came down.

Personally, I wouldn't want to play in a country where I could be jailed indefinitely at the whim of a dictator. No thanks.
 

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A J said:
Maybe it won't be a bad thing and helped to wet the people's appetite to Western culture. I think Iron Maiden played a couple gigs in East Germany before the wall came down.

Personally, I wouldn't want to play in a country where I could be jailed indefinitely at the whim of a dictator. No thanks.
Wasn't that long ago if you were listening to the Stones in public ( even worse, in private ) it could mean that you explain the dialectic of youranti social behavior in a soundproof office.

The rolling stones will be performing to one of the most sophisticated and literate musical audiences in the world ,so this is a diplomatic exercise to show the world ...
 

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Let's see... free Stones concert. Wonder who's providing the security?
 

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homeby5 said:
What a great gesture by giving to those unfortunate souls who have been crippled by a dictator. Bravo!!!!
While Castro is undoubtedly a dictator, the crippling of the country was caused by an economic blockade from outside.

Scott K Fish said:
re: no one there could afford their regular ticket price!

I thought Cuba was a worker's paradise.
I realize you're making a joke, but I saw concerts for free or cheap nearly every day and night I was there. The arts are supported and widely available to people who have little money.

Of course it's complicated, and I don't want to fire up politics here.
 

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bongomania - Interesting. What brought you to Cuba? Where were the free/cheap concerts you attended held? Were those concerts open to the public? What acts did you see?

Thank you.

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skf
 

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bongomania said:
What a great gesture by giving to those unfortunate souls who have been crippled by a dictator. Bravo!!!!
While Castro is undoubtedly a dictator, the crippling of the country was caused by an economic blockade from outside.

Scott K Fish said:
re: no one there could afford their regular ticket price!

I thought Cuba was a worker's paradise.
I realize you're making a joke, but I saw concerts for free or cheap nearly every day and night I was there. The arts are supported and widely available to people who have little money.

Of course it's complicated, and I don't want to fire up politics here.
The arts are supported as long as the artists themselves are ideologically correct, or members of the party and/or their extended family.

" Complicated " is something many of us here would listen to you explain . It's the " ..of course " bit that intrigues me .
 
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