Rolling Stones’ Havana Moon to Play in Theaters Next Month

08/05/2016

Rolling Stones’ Havana Moon to Play in Theaters Next Month

–Joe Lund

Rolling Stones fans, mark your calendars. On September 23, for one night only, theater cinemas around the globe will present a film of the landmark concert the group staged in Havana, Cuba, this past spring. Titled Havana Moon, the film documents the Stones’ history-making performance as the first rock band to play a massive free outdoor concert inside the island’s capital city.

“The Cuba show was simply amazing,” recalls Mick Jagger, in a prepared statement. “It was an incredible moment; a huge sea of people for as far as the eye could see. You could feel the buzz of the enthusiasm from the crowd and that was for me the stand-out moment.”

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Staged the same week that President Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years, the hotly anticipated show drew an estimated 1.2 million attendees. The Stones performed their biggest hits, tossing in a few surprises for good measure. Jagger warmly addressed the crowd, offering up lighthearted banter even as he acknowledged the momentous nature of the event.

“Finally the times are changing – Cuba, we are so happy to be here,” he said, describing his bandmates as “the ‘Revolutionary’ Ronnie Wood … Charlie ‘Che’ Watts … and ‘Compadre’ Keith Richards.” Richards reveled in the occasion as well, later saying, “Seeing Cuba finally get the chance to rock out was special — a night to remember ….”

Havana Moon takes its title from a vintage Chuck Berry ballad. Tickets for the special screening will soon go on sale at www.stonesincuba.com. You can view a film trailer below.

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