Cubans get ready to rock out to The Rolling Stones, who are tuning up to become the major Western band to perform in the Communist country in decades. Linda So reports.
Cuban fever heats up for the Rolling Stones
Cubans showing off their best rendition of the Rolling Stones.
Excitement is growing and so are the lines ahead of the rock band’s historic concert on Friday.
Fans began waiting in line overnight for the free concert set to take place at this outdoor sports complex in Havana.
SOUNDBITE: STEPHAN, GERMAN FAN OF THE ROLLING STONES, SAYING:
“I want to be a part of history because I’m a long-time Stones fan… Look at all the people here– it’s so crazy– I love them. It’s nice, it’s nice to be around.”
The Rolling Stones are the first Western band to perform in Cuba since the 1959 revolution when Fidel Castro came to power.
For those who remember the days when rock and roll was banned on the radio and TV, the concert will mark an epic change.
SOUNDBITE: JUAN CARLOS LEON, 57-YEAR-OLD CUBAN FAN, SAYING:
“This is the greatest. I have been waiting for this my entire life. I have only seen them in pictures. This for me is a total thrill.”
Mick Jagger and his bandmates arrived on Thursday to a warm welcome. The Stones hoping their presence will usher in a new chapter between Cuba and the West.
SOUNDBITE: MICK JAGGER, ROLLING STONES LEAD SINGER, SAYING:
“Time changes everything. We’re very pleased to be here.”
The concert comes just days after U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic trip to the Caribbean island.
Organizers are expecting 400,000 people to attend the free concert.