Mick Jagger and the Stones roll into Cuba ahead of landmark concert

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(WHNT) – One of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest bands is set to take the stage in an historic concert in Cuba.

The Rolling Stones arrived in Havana Thursday night, ahead of Friday’s free concert at a sports arena in the Cuban capital, an event that’s expected to draw more than one million people.

The event is being billed as the first open-air concert by a British rock band and will mark the last stop on the Stones’ Latin American tour.

“We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too,” the band said in a statement on its website.

There was a time when the Castro regime in Cuba considered rock n’ roll to be immoral.

CBS News reports Cuba’s communist government once banned music from another group considered rock ‘n’ roll royalty, The Beatles.

Fidel Castro reportedly changed his mind in 2000 after unveiling a statue of John Lennon.

“Time changes everything and so we are very pleased to be here and I’m sure it’s going to be a great show,” said lead singer Mick Jagger.

The free concert comes just days after President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba earlier in the week.