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Rolling Stones Rock Cuba in Havana Concert; Half a Million Attend Free Concert

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Havana Prepares For Rolling Stones Concert
Rolling Stones fans wait for the start of a free concert March 26, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Thousands of fans waited for the Rolling Stones to play for the first time in Cuba, after the music was once banned by the government. (Photo : Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Rolling Stones' concert in Havana, Cuba was well received by Cubans.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and their legendary band have joined the growing lists of those recently making historical trips to the island, playing before an adoring crowd of around 500,000.

Ever since President Obama announced that he planned to begin an effort to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, celebrities from Shaquille O'Neal to Misty Copeland have announced plans to visit the island.

None of them figure to generate any more buzz than the Stones did.

Stones Warmly Embraced

Simply put, the Stones owned Havana, their iconic tongue logo sprouting up all over the island ras town people waited in breathless anticipation for them to strike their first chord.

Cuba's largest concert ever was free to the public, though men dressed in military uniforms patrolled the area of the arena to make certain the highly charged crowed towed the line.

Stones Perform all the Classics

The Stones performed everything from "Jumpin' Jack Flash" to "Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It) to "Tumbling Dice." In between, Jagger greeted fans in their native Spanish.

"This is a new time," he told the crowd in reference to the Stones once being barred from performing in the country.

Rolling Stones in Cuba
(Photo : Joe Raedle/Getty Images )
Rolling Stones fans arrive for a free concert March 26, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Thousands of fans waited for the Rolling Stones to play for the first time in Cuba, after the music was once banned by the government.

"Maybe I'll just stay here forever," incited Richards. Soon after that, Jagger rejoined the band on stage for an extended, yet still sterling rendition of "Midnight Rambler."

Soon, the overflow crowd was rocking out to such classics as "Start Me Up," "Sympathy for the Devil," Brown Sugar and "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," which induced fans into swarming the area around the stage and fist-pumping to every beat and lyric.

The President himself visited Cuba with his family earlier this month. He was the first sitting president to do so since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

Havana Prepares For Rolling Stones Concert
(Photo : Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones talk to media after landing at the Jose Marti International Airport on March 24, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The Rolling Stones are in Havana to play a free concert for the first time, after the music was once banned by the Cuban government.

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