Sting to sing in Cuba before The Rolling Stones get there

Posted: 09-Oct-15 12:40

The leading guitarist for the popular British rock singer, Sting, has expressed the latter's desire to get to Cuba and perform in the island before The Rolling Stones do. According to Dominic Miller, who is currently in Havana and who gave a solo concert there in the Cuban capital yesterday, Sting is eager to put on a show in Cuba and do so before Mick Jagger gets there with his Rolling Stones crew.

Sting to sing in Cuba before The Rolling Stones get there

International rock stars are rushing to Cuba faster than could ever be imagined in an island that for decades had been isolated from that genre of music. Now rock bands are even trampling each other in what seems to be a race of who gets to Cuba first.

Sting is the latest of stars that has not only announced his intentions of performing in the island but who also seems eager to beat the Rolling Stones to it.

According to Sting’s guitarist, Dominic Miller, who as we revealed yesterday on our weekly Cuban calendar of events, is currently on the island to give a stellar performance at the Factoria de Arte Cubano, declared that his boss was working on making it to Cuba before The Rolling Stones to give a concert in Havana before they do.

Speaking about Sting’s desire to perform in the island before The Rolling Stones, Dominic explained:

"It’s a race in which nobody wants at the margin of and Sting wishes to present himself in Cuba before Mick Jagger does."

For now, part of the Rolling Stones at least already beat Sting in getting to the island as Mick Jagger arrived in Havana last weekend for a private holiday with one of his sons, months ahead of his planned concert in Cuba which is scheduled for March 2016. Many say he was on the island as much on a recreational visit as a professional one as he is believed to have taken the opportunity to make advancements on arranging and confirming a date for The Rolling Stones’ upcoming concert in Havana. The band has been in negotiation talks with the Cuban government regarding the staging of this concert and so far it seems they’ve been given the green light to do it.

Miller, Sting’s leading guitarist who has worked in all of his albums since 1991, added that he’s “persuading” Sting to “offer the Cuban audience all of their musical production”.

The half-British, half-Argentinian guitarrist revealed this on a press conference ahead of his first concert in Havana yesterday, in which he he was the main star and highlight of Cuba's British Culture Week, now celebrated with a series of special events, art exhibitions and film screenings thorughout the city.

His performance yesterday included songs from the album Hecho en Cuba (made in Cuba) on which Dominic collaborated with Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco. Miller explained this was an album that includes some of his very own tracks,a s well as others written by Simonet and Sting himself.

"I met Manolito in Germany, and, despite the fact that our music styles were completely different, there was an immediate connection between us, which was ultimately the reason we decided to get together to experiment and create this album."

Simonet added that this was a purely instrumental album that features only one track with vocals and lyrics, as the main intention was to give the guitar sole protagonism and "make Miller's style of music get closer to Cuba's style."


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