The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon

Havana Moon is a live performance movie by The Rolling Stones, directed by Paul Dugdale. Havana Moon was filmed on 25 March 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The movie is a recording of a free out of doors live performance placed on by the band on the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana sports activities advanced, which was attended by an estimated 500,000 concert-goers. The live performance marked the primary time a rock band had carried out in Cuba to such a big crowd, breaking the earlier report of the Italian singer Zucchero Fornaciari who carried out to a crowd of practically 70,000 goers in 2012.[1][2] On 11 November 2016 the movie was launched in a number of codecs.

When the information that sitting United States president, Barack Obama was to go to Cuba was launched—marking the primary time a sitting president had visited the island nation in 88 years—the live performance was rescheduled from 20 March 2016 to 25 March 2016.



The live performance was urged by lawyer Gregory Elias to Rolling Stones supervisor Joyce Smyth throughout a telephone name on 13 November 2015. Elias urged that the Stones play a free live performance in Cuba, which he would cowl the prices of – to which Smyth responded “Effectively, that’s definitely a singular proposal”.[3] The live performance was bankrolled by Elias’ charitable group, Fundashon Bon Intenshon.[4] There was some hypothesis that the transfer on Elias’ half was politically motivated, to which he responded in a press release that he solely needed to do one thing good for the Cuban folks and didn’t have any enterprise relations within the nation.[3]

The live performance was deliberate for a number of months previous to its public announcement whereas the band was on their 2016 tour of South America, titled América Latina Olé Tour 2016.[5] The bands’ supervisor, Joyce Smyth, and Concert events West labored extensively with the Cuban authorities to ensure that the present to be permitted, as a result of Cuban authorities nonetheless having management over what its residents take heed to.[6][7] The embargo on Cuba proved to be a technical problem for the band and stage crews since they needed to ship all of their gear from Belgium and couldn’t depend on native infrastructure to help to the diploma that they’re used to in additional developed areas.[6]


The live performance happened 5 days[8] after President Barack Obama visited Cuba,[9] marking the primary time a sitting United States president has visited the island nation for the reason that thirtieth President of america, Calvin Coolidge, visited the nation 88 years earlier, in 1928.[10][11] After it was introduced that President Obama would arrive on 20 March 2016, the choice was made to reschedule the live performance to 25 March 2016, because of safety considerations.[6][7] Shortly earlier than the rescheduled live performance date, Pope Francis tried to delay it, asking that the band play on a later date because the live performance was scheduled for 25 March 2016, which was Good Friday, a serious and solemn Christian vacation. The Vatican additionally urged that the band delay the beginning of their live performance till midnight to keep away from the holy day.[12] Nonetheless, the Stones opted to play the live performance on the initially scheduled date and time.[12]


Previous to the present, the band have been visitors of honour on the British embassy in Cuba, which held a meet and greet on 24 March 2016 for roughly 200 folks, many being Cuban musicians.[7] The Rolling Stones additionally began a “musician-to-musician” charity initiative during which musical devices have been donated by main instrument suppliers to Cuban musicians of all genres.[7][13][4]

Launch of movie and soundtrack

Havana Moon had a restricted one evening premiere in over one thousand theatres internationally 23 September 2016.[14][15] The movie made its United States tv premiere on the premium cable tv service Starz 22 January 2017, however might be downloaded on the Starz app 15 January 2017.[16][17] The sound monitor of the movie was launched on the iTunes Retailer[18] and the music streaming service Spotify[19] 11 November 2016.[20] The movie was launched on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP, Digital Video, and Digital Audio.[18][21]


The live performance itself was attended by a crowd estimated to have consisted of over 500,000 concert-goers[18][22] and marked the primary time a overseas rock band had carried out an open-air live performance in Cuba to a crowd of that measurement,[9][23][24] breaking the earlier report of the Italian singer Zucchero Fornaciari who carried out to a crowd of practically 70,000 goers in 2012.[1][2]

The movie obtained crucial acclaim from a number of publications, together with The New York Instances, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and The Each day Telegraph.[18] The New York Instances said that “The Rolling Stones gave a surprising efficiency”.[9] The Guardian remarked that the present was “spectacular and historic.”[25] Rolling Stone journal praised the live performance, stating that it was “no strange live performance” and had a major influence for music in Cuba.[21]

“This was no strange live performance. Individuals hugged and shared seems to be of disbelief. Coming on the finish of a run of reveals in South America and Mexico, final evening might need marked at the least a short lived pause for the legendary group, however it had all of the markings of a brand new chapter for music in Cuba.”

— Richard L. Dewey, Rolling Stone, 26 March 2016[21]

“We have now carried out in lots of particular locations throughout our lengthy profession however this present in Havana goes to be a landmark occasion for us, and, we hope, for all our mates in Cuba too.”

— The Rolling Stones official assertion, 1 March 2016[4]

Set listing

No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Jagger, Richards  
2. “It is Solely Rock ‘n Roll (However I Like It)” Jagger, Richards  
3. “Tumbling Cube” Jagger, Richards  
4. “Out of Management” Jagger, Richards  
5. “All Down The Line” Jagger, Richards  
6. “Angie” Jagger, Richards  
7. “Paint It Black” Jagger, Richards  
8. “Honky Tonk Ladies” Jagger, Richards  
9. “You Bought the Silver” Jagger, Richards  
10. “Earlier than They Make Me Run” Jagger, Richards  
11. “Midnight Rambler” Jagger, Richards  
12. “Miss You” Jagger, Richards  
13. “Gimme Shelter” Jagger, Richards  
14. “Begin Me Up” Jagger, Richards  
15. “Sympathy for the Satan” Jagger, Richards  
16. “Brown Sugar” Jagger, Richards  
17. “You Cannot At all times Get What You Need” Jagger, Richards  
18. “(I Cannot Get No) Satisfaction” Jagger, Richards  

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