By Tim Saunders on
Jon Bon Jovi has recorded a song with exiled Iranian singer Andy Madadian in “a musical message of worldwide solidarity” to the Iranian people in the aftermath of the country’s recent disputed election.
The version of Ben E King’s Stand By Me is sung in both English and Farsi, and features Richie Sambora, John Shanks and Don Was. Was – who co-produced the track – told Billboard magazine that the recording session came about after he talked with Madadian about “whether there was something we could do just to send out a little message of solidarity, remembering the ’60s, believing music can change things.”
“It is not for sale,” Was says. “It wasn’t intended to be on the Billboard charts, wasn’t meant to be a hit record or even pressed on a CD. It’s intended to be downloaded and shared by the Iranian people. The whole idea was to get it into Iran and tell them…to carry on, that the world is watching and we’re with you.”
To view the song, click here.
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