[Review] The Rolling Stones, Havana Moon

Available in various formats, The Rolling Stones Havana Moon release is a concert filmed at the end of the America Latina Olé Tour on March 25, 2016.

The other recent Rolling Stones release is Havana Moon (Eagle Rock). Available in various formats, the release is of a concert filmed at the end of the America Latina Olé Tour on March 25, 2016, at Ciudad Deportiva De La Habana in Cuba. Along with the support of bassist Daryl Jones, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, sax players Karl Denson and Tom Ries, and backing vocalists Bernard Fowler and Sasha Allen, the Havana Choir joins the band.

The deluxe set includes 18 performances on the Blu-ray and the two CDs. What’s clear from this concert is how tight the band is these days. They also can still entertain large crowds and easily fill any space with their music.

This concert set is the perfect complement to Blue & Lonesome. That album offers an intimate, stripped-down glimpse inside the group’s blues roots. Havana Moon offers the group in a grand setting and focuses on its remarkable catalog of songs. As great a live band as the group is, it is their timeless rock anthems and handful of ballads that are the heart of their shows.

This concert package joins many other recent new concert recording and video packages from the group, including some from the vaults, offering Rolling Stones fans a treasure trove of live concerts to listen to and watch and which solidify the group’s place as the world’s greatest live rock ‘n’ roll band.

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Steve Matteo is the author of THE BEATLES' LET IT BE and DYLAN, and an expert on the New York music scene.
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