The Rolling Stones in Havana

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I like the Rolling Stones. At the moment when I start listening “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” I feel a deep excitement, the prelude of a promising evening and many wonderful things.  And normally it is right, the band has managed to stay on the wave’s edge for almost five decades, with incredible success and glory.

Recently they have offered a concert in Havana, Cuba. The concert was meant to be for the Cuban people and for free. The reality was that, after five decades of Castro’s isolation, the Cuban people at the concert didn’t recognized any single song,  and they were all looking at the show with puzzled eyes. The tourists enjoyed the concert though. Normally they should to pay good money to attend one of their shows. Also in the VIP stands were some Hollywood’s celebrities who do not want to miss this “historical moment”.

Once this so commented and “celebrated event” I have many questions pending ,… such as, who paid to the Rolling Stones? They don’t move one finger, one trailer, one guitar, until there are millions of dollars involved.

Was this event an “historical” moment? One lady from the former Czechoslovakia said that in her country the Rolling Stones performed just before the fall of the Berlin Wall …. so this is a real good sign… Honestly, I don’t believe any of it: the day after, the Cubans still have the same economic problems, the endless queues, and especially the lack of freedom.  Nothing has changed, nor the Rolling Stones, nor the Obama’s visit. These are only means to give breathing air for the weary Castro regime, but the reality is that any action taken abroad, will promote freedom of Cuban people until the Castro’s no longer are alive. We must be realistic.  It is quite painful but this is it.

One thought on “The Rolling Stones in Havana”

  1. Don’t you think it needs a little bit of more time ? New things may happen….Obama just went there to plant new seeds…..give them time to grow, flourish, and bloom…..
    Excellent point of view, though, and I love the topics you are choosing.
    Congratulations, Almudena!!!!

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