On November 11, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Rolling Stones' Havana Moon on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and LP. A special Deluxe Edition.will also be issued. The set features the Stones' historic concert staged earlier this year in Havana, Cuba.
March 25, 2016 (Good Friday) is a date that will go down in both Cuban and rock ‘n’ roll history as the Stones became the first rock band to play a massive free outdoor concert to hundreds of thousands in Havana. The show was captured by award-winning film director Paul Dugdale.
The free show attracted a million people in the country's capital city in the same week as President Barrack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years. TV news networks around the world reported that Obama was "the warm-up act" for the Rolling Stones.
As the Stones took to the stage under a perfect "Havana Moon" in front of an ecstatic crowd, everyone knew that this was a life-changing cultural moment for a country on the brink of change. There was nothing that was going to come between the band and their eager fans including the Vatican in Rome, which objected to the concert being held on a Good Friday.
Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd: “Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here." The singer joked with his band mates during the performance, describing them as "the revolutionary Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie 'Che' Watts, and compadre Keith Richards."
The band played all the essentials, including "Jumpin’ Jack Flash," "It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll," "Paint It Black," "Honky Tonk Women," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," in a two-hour plus performance vividly captured on Havana Moon.
One Cuban Stones fan said, "Never, ever, ever did I think we would see this happen. Tonight has been a dream come true for me,” while another said, “Simply fantastic - this is a moment I have been dreaming about for a really long time. I have just witnessed the most important concert in Cuba because this is the Rolling Stones.”
For a glimpse of what went down on this magical day, check out the trailer below.