If you're in Cuba — or even at your office desk — get ready to rock.
The legendary Rolling Stones were scheduled to perform at a historic free concert in the country's capital of Havana on Friday night. It'll be the first open-air show by a British rock band ever in Cuba, according to a news release from the artists, and it follows a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to celebrate the restoration of diplomatic ties between the nations.
“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,” band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood said in a collective statement on their website.
The Florida Times-Union, which has followed a former reporter and his daughter on their trip to Cuba for the performance, hopes to feature live video from the concert here. Whether the band itself would share an official stream was unclear Friday morning, as it will be formally filmed by a production company.
"There's a small hope that Periscope streams will be available, but that's more wishful thinking than something we can expect to happen. But nevertheless, it's not impossible either," wrote StonesNews.com, which will post updates from the show as it happens. You can also check a news station like WSVN for video.
About 500,000 people were set to attend the concert, which StonesNews reported was set to start at about 8:30 p.m. EDT at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana. It's the final stop on the band's AMÉRICA LATINA OLÉ tour, which made stops in countries like Mexico, Colombia and Peru in recent weeks.
But the Cuba show is especially significant because Western rock music was banned in the 1960s when former President Fidel Castro brought the nation under communist rule, the Associated Press reported. Many Cubans and Rolling Stones fans alike were optimistic ahead of the performance, especially in light of Obama's recent call for democracy.
"I hope it will be a party where Cubans, the Rolling Stones and visitors can have fun, and that those snitches, abusive officials and sycophants who are sure to attend under orders, to give the few shoves they still have in them, will have the decency to stay outside, to plug up their ears, to avert their eyes from the big screen, to feel kept out, that they know this concert is for people with positive vibrations and that it seeks to turn the 'forbidden' into the 'allowed,'" Martin Guevara, the nephew of revolutionary Che Guevara, wrote in the Havana Times.