With a career spanning five decades and a reputation as one of the greatest bands of all time, there aren’t many corners of the earth left untouched by The Rolling Stones.
Cuba is a country that’s spent much of its recent history behind closed borders, but the people of this island nation have still managed to let their devotion to rock and roll, namely The Rolling Stones, be heard.
In The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America, the latest doc added to the Stones’ long list of films, cameras follow the rock royalty as they make their way across Latin America, with their first ever show in Cuba as the final stop on the 10-date tour.
Directed by Paul Dugdale (The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon), tension builds throughout the film as the band draws closer to their historical March 25 concert in Cuba, with government and religious issues threatening to cancel the gig. But for the Stones, the show must go on, and on it does, an event that has now been captured in a new doc, which premiered this week at TIFF.
With a fandom that rivals any country they’ve played in multiple times, the people of Cuba have been eagerly waiting years for the Stones to make their way to the small country. “They’re going to see something they’ve never seen before and they’re going to hear something they’ve never heard before,” promises Keith Richards ahead of the show. “That’s the name of the game.”
The concert marked the first time a rock band had played in Cuba following the United States’ decision to lift embargo sanctions. With a crowd of one million people, it was a concert decades in the making.
“To see the world from a Rolling Stone point of view… nobody else sees the world the way we do,” says Richards.
In addition to footage of the band travelling through Latin America, The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America also features full performances of a number of Stones’ hits, including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll,” “Wild Horses,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Paint It Black.”
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America premieres exclusively on CraveTV, Friday, Oct. 14.