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HAVANA, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Legendary British band The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Havana, Cuba on Mar. 25, the group announced Tuesday.

"We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too," the group posted on its website.

The concert will complete the band's Ole Latin America tour, which has already taken them to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, with upcoming dates in Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Mexico.

It will also follow U.S. President Barack Obama's Mar. 21-22 trip to Cuba, designed to cement the two countries' newly-restored diplomatic ties.

As part of the band's visit to Cuba, the group is "leading a musician to musician initiative" that will take much-needed musical equipment and instruments donated by suppliers to Cuba's musical community.

Lead singer Mick Jagger was in Cuba in October 2015, laying the groundwork for the concert at the capital's Sports City, state daily Granma said.

In recent years, legendary bands such as Earth, Wind and Fire and Air Supply have played Cuba, but none have generated the excitement of The Rolling Stones.