HAVANA: The Rolling Stones flew into Havana late Thursday for the British superstars’ first-ever concert in Cuba, state news agencies reported.
Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to turn out Friday for the free-of-charge gig in Havana’s Ciudad Deportivo sports center.
Cuban state media forecasted that about 500,000 people could fill the playing fields, with music industry magazine Billboard reporting that as many people again could swarm into neighboring streets.
With no tickets on sale, it was impossible to confirm the estimates, but a million fans would amount to one of every 11 Cubans.
The concert — a surprise addition at the end of the Rolling Stones’ Latin America tour — was to be the first by such a major non-Spanish speaking group in communist Cuba. AFP