Rolling Stones premiere Cuba concert documentary in Toronto
By Alastair Sharp | TORONTO
Keith Richards returned to the Toronto International Film Festival for a
second straight year on Friday, joining band mate Ronnie Wood at the
premiere of a documentary of their recent Latin America tour that
culminated in an historic Cuban concert.
The film 'The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America'
goes behind the scenes with the veteran rock band as they play across
the region for the first time in 10 years, chronicling their engagement
with impassioned fans in a range of countries where their music was once
banned or stifled.
"It's strange, maybe that's some of the attraction," Richards said on
the red carpet ahead of the screening. "I guess that's what happens when
you try to suppress something, certain things become obviously stronger."
Directed by Paul Dugdale and shot throughout February and March, the
film combines footage from concerts in Peru, Colombia, Brazil and
elsewhere and interviews with band members, fans, and tour managers as
they plan the free Cuba event.
At one point they are forced to reschedule the concert after U.S.
President Barack Obama announced his own three-day visit after decades
of hostility between the former Cold War foes.
The Stones formed in London in 1962, three years after Fidel Castro's
bearded rebels toppled a pro-American government.
"That's a tough one," Richards said when asked where the Stones might go
next in the service of rock and roll diplomacy.
Richards was at the Toronto film festival last year to promote a film
about his solo album 'Crosseyed Heart' that also studied the influence
of blues, country and even reggae on his music.
(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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