Rolling Stones Arrive in Cuba for Concert

It's free. No one has any money in Cuba.

The Rolling Stones arrived in Cuba Thursday night to offer a free concert to the oppressed, communist-run country.

The Friday night concert follows President Obama's visit/vacation to the communist island. The Stones' private jet arrived at Jose Marti airport with a large crew: almost 60 workers and family members accompanied the rockers.

Cuban state media said about 500,000 people were expected to fill the playing fields, with music industry magazine Billboard reporting that as many people again could swarm into neighbouring streets.

The concert will take place in Havana's Cuidad Deportivo.

"We have performed in many special places during our long career, but this show in Havana will be a milestone for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba, too," the band said in a statement released before the arrival.

"A Rolling Stones concert in Havana? It's a dream," said Eddie Escobar, 45, who founded one of Havana's few clubs for live rock music, the Yellow Submarine. "Rock music, I hope, will open everything else — politics, the economy, the internet. We're 20 years behind absolutely everything," Mr Escobar said.

Cubans cannot buy The Rolling Stones' music, as Cuban music stores refuse to carry foreign rock music. Instead they must find pirated CDs as they have little access to the internet and cannot shop online.

In other words, it's a typical communist paradise.