On March 25, 2016, rock & roll history was made once again by the Rolling Stones. Although it was “Good Friday” and the Vatican protested, the greatest rock & roll band of all time took to the stage in front of a nearly million fans in Havana, Cuba to become the first rock band to play the country since the embargo was lifted. During the same week, then-President Obama became the first US President to visit Cuba in 88 years, and would go on to be lightheartedly referred to as the “opening act” for the Rolling Stones.
On the cusp of major change for Cuba, the monumental concert was captured by award winning film director Paul Dugdale and released by Eagle Rock Entertainment as an astonishing DVD/2-CD set called ‘Havana Moon.’ It was one of, if not the best concert film of 2016 and surely ranks at the top of all-time favorites.
As dynamic and empowering as ‘Havana Moon’ was, it left you wanting more. Now Eagle Rock and Dugdale deliver with this 50-minute documentary “Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America.”
The documentary film follows the legendary rockers around Latin America on their 2016 tour. Cruising through 10 cities, Dugdale captures the intimacy between not only Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts as a band, but also their special connection to their Latin American fans. As the band members explore the cities, have drinks, and conversations, they prepare for not only the night’s show, but the show of all shows in Havana Cuba. For a normal band, this would be a taxing event, and that’s not to say the boys don’t have their difficulties or disagreements, but the Stones know what they want and how they want it. After more than 50 years of being a band, the Rolling Stones are still hands on. As the shows go off with nary a hitch, you can feel the bands performances get more and more energetic as the Havana date gets closer. They have played thousands and thousands of shows, but nothing iss lost on the band as they embraced the enormity of the Havana show.
As an extra bonus for the fans, “Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America” gives you a handful of additional live performances including “Out Of Control,” “Paint It Black from Buenos Aires, Argentina, “Honky Tonk Women,” and “Sympathy For The Devil” from Sao Paulo, Brazil; and “You Got The Silver,” “Midnight Rambler,” and “Miss You” from Lima, Peru.
“Havana Moon” left you wanting more and “Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America” delivers. This documentary film is a must have companion piece to the live release and closes the book on one of the most important rock & roll tours in history.