The Rolling Stones will play a free concert Feb. 18 on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach, organizers said today (Dec. 13).

The Rolling Stones will play a free concert Feb. 18 on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach, organizers said today (Dec. 13). "City Hall considers this show to be like another New Year. We will treat it like that," Ana Maria Maia, a Rio official for special events, told reporters.

Up to 1.5 million people traditionally gather on Copacabana Beach to celebrate New Year's Eve and organizers said they expected a similar number for the Stones show.

A big security operation will be mounted. Rio is plagued by violent crime, which often spills over from the slums ruled by drug gangs into the city streets. More than 2,400 police will be on duty in three shifts and streets in the Copacabana area will be sealed off, officials said.

Stones frontman Mick Jagger has a young son from a liaison with Brazilian TV presenter and model Luciana Gimenez, who lives in Sao Paulo.


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