|THE ROLLING STONES played a landmark free outdoor concert in
Havana, Cuba, on March 25, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans packed an
aging stadium and stood on neighboring rooftops to get a glimpse of the
historic show--the largest concert in the country's history.
In conjunction with the once-in-a-lifetime concert,
the band also led a "Musician to Musician" initiative that
collected and will deliver much-needed musical instruments and gear to
deserving Cuban musicians who haven't had access to professional musical gear
due to long-standing trade embargoes.
Roland Corporation U.S. and BOSS U.S. were enthusiastic
supporters of the initiative, donating a variety of musical instruments and
gear, including Roland guitar amps for practice and performance; BOSS guitar
and bass effects pedals, loopers and pedal tuners; Roland synths, arranger
keyboards and keyboard amps; and Roland electronic drum pads and the new
ELCajon EC-10 electronic layered cajon.
Roland Corporation U.S. Vice President of Marketing Chris Halon
reflected, "Roland has always been a company that tries to be on the
forefront of musical creation, and so we applaud the Rolling Stones and their
efforts not only to bring their gift of music to the people of Cuba, but also
to deliver musical tools that will inspire Cuban artists."