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14 Photos Of The Historic Night The Rolling Stones Rocked Havana

The Stones played a free concert for hundreds of thousands of Cubans Friday night, the biggest mainstream band to do so since the 1959 revolution.

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The band became the biggest mainstream act to play in the country since the 1959 revolution brought a communist government to power and isolated the island from the Western world.

During the height of the Cuba's communist government, popular music from the U.S. and the United Kingdom was banned and fans had to listen in secret, hiding their records.


Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts played 18 of their hits to the massive crowd in the open-air Ciudad Deportiva (or Sports City) in Havana Friday night.


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