Mick Jagger Visits Havana -- Are The Rolling Stones Playing Cuba?
Mick Jagger is the latest high profile visitor to Havana, and it looks like his trip might have been about more than just seeing the sites and smoking some Cuban cigars. According to various newspapers in Cuba and Spain, The Rolling Stones are planning to play their first concert in Cuba in March 2016.
Jagger was spotted as he toured Havana’s historic center last weekend. The official Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma covered the event, citing a hotel maid as a source for information that El Rolling was traveling with one of his children and checking out clubs in the city. They included La Fabrica de Arte Cubano, the music venue and cultural center run by musician and video director Equis Alfonso that has become the place to be in Havana.
The rock icon also reportedly stopped by dance club Shangri La and saw a performance by timba band Bamboleo. A rep for the Stones told Billboard Jagger is "with one of his kids on holiday" in Cuba.
Spain’s El Mundo newspaper had previously reported that Keith Richards said the Stones were interested in playing in Cuba, and that negotiations were in progress for the concert to happen March 20 or 21, at the end of the band’s 2016 Latin American tour.
Darryl Jones, the Rolling Stones bassist who performed in Cuba with the hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies earlier this year, reportedly piqued the Stones interest in doing a concert in Cuba.