Good Friday, 25 March 2016 is a date that will go down in Cuban and Rock ‘n’ Roll history. On that date, The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to play a massive free outdoor concert to hundreds of thousands in Havana, Cuba. The historic concert was filmed by award winning director Paul Dugdale and the result is a must see one night only cinema experience.
‘HAVANA MOON’ – The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba will be premiered on cinema screens across the globe for one night only beginning Friday 23 September 2016. The film will be playing in Toronto for one night only on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and in Montreal on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Cinema Cineplex Odeon Forum and Cinema Cineplex Laval. Check your local listings or this link for the dates, tickets and cinemas near you: stonesincuba.com. No dates in the U.S. have been announced yet.
Musicscreen, who specialize in bringing music concerts to cinema, are distributing this film to more than thousand screens throughout Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Latin America. CEO David Pope commented: “The Havana Moon cinema experience immerses the audience in fantastic surround sound with super high definition visuals, it is the closest you will get to being there, don’t miss it!”
The British rockers highly anticipated free show attracted a million people in the country’s capital city in the same week as President Obama became the first serving US President to visit Cuba in 88 years. TV News reported that Obama was ‘the warm up act’ for the Rolling Stones and Obama paid tribute to the Stones in his first speech to the world’s media in Havana. As the Stones took to the stage under a perfect Havana moon for a show that will forever go down in history books as a life-changing moment for a country seemingly on the brink of change, there was nothing that was going to come between the band and their fans including the Vatican in Rome who had objected to rock ‘n roll being staged in Havana on Good Friday.
Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd who had come to watch the historic show: “Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here.” and joked with his bandmates during the performance describing them as “The Revolutionary Ronnie Wood…Charlie Che Watts….Compadre Keith Richards”
The film includes their hits 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’ along with a few suprises as well!
As one Cuban said, “Wow never, ever, ever did I think we would see this. This has been a big dream for me. We want more, more, more of this. This is the beginning. Fantastico”
Another concert goer said: “This is a moment I have been dreaming about for a really long time. I have just witnessed the most important concert in Cuba in a long time because it’s The Rolling Stones.”
Now, the magic and excitement of that historic night will be enjoyed as part of a cinema audience – in surround sound and on the big screen – for one night only at an exclusive cinema event on or around September 23rd, depending on your city.
The Stones film Havana Moon will transport cinemagoers onto and out front of the Rolling Stones’ gigantic stage and immerse them in the excitement of that groundbreaking night in Havana. The title Havana Moon comes from an old Chuck Berry song and an early influence for the Stones.
Crtics have called Havana Moon:
“Stunning performance” -Frances Robles, New York Times
“This was no ordinary concert” -Richard L. Dewey, Rolling Stone
“Spectacular” -Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
“Never seen anything quite like it” -Julia Kuttner, Mirror
“Unforgettable” -Robin De Peyer, Evening Standard
“Epic and history making”-Harriet Alexander, Telegraph
A.J. Twist is a Montreal-based travel writer and photographer and is still trying to learn understand the lyrics to Honky Tonk Women.