Stand By Me

Don Was : On June 24, 2009, Iranian Superstar Andy Madadian went into an LA recording studio with Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and American record producers Don Was and John Shanks to record a musical message of worldwide solidarity with the people of Iran. This version of the old Ben E. King classic is not for sale - it was not meant to be on the Billboard charts or even manufactured as a's intended to be downloaded and shared by the Iranian give voice to the sentiment that all people of the world stand together....the handwritten Farsi sign in the video translates to "we are one". If you know someone in Iran - or someone who knows someone in Iran - please share this link: //

27-Jun-2009 (28 comments)

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anonymous fish

he also did a cover of

by anonymous fish on

Hotel California... which was awesome!  I can see the frustration some of you might feel about his exploiting the cause but your frustration shouldn't take away what truly is a wonderful gesture.  DK is right... wouldn't it be great if there was a combined effort by ALL artists?  Wouldn't matter if they're iranian or american.




by Khashayar Joon (not verified) on


Who ever you are, I love you.

You stole the words right out of my mouth.

Bon Jovi got suckered.


to araman harapoortian and nifky

by reality check (not verified) on

you two both, are typical pan turk,,who whould do anything to look armenian bad , dah...., we donot fall for it.

Organic NUTritionist

verrrrrry nice...

by Organic NUTritionist on

Thanks to all...  :)



by Majid on


اگر باندازه سر سوزنی اندی رو میشناختی اینقدر غیر منصفانه، دشمنانه، مغرضانه و ابلهانه چشم نمی بستی و دهان باز نمیکردی!

سگِ این « اندیِ  ارمنی»  به  سه چهار نفر « ظاهراً مسلمون ولی تا فرقِ سر بیوطن و خود فروش و مردم فریب و دیو باطن و مزدور و بی صفت و آدم فروش و بی اصل و نسب» تو این سایت میارزه!

بر گردیم به آهنگ.......

دم همگی گرم و سپاسگزار  همه کسانیکه با صدای آزادیخواهی همصدائی میکنن.


Now, this I can call

by Deldar (not verified) on

Now, this I can call "Terrific"!
Thank you!


Thanks Andy

by Anonymous-Parsi (not verified) on

Andy is a true Iranian and has a wonderful voice. Those LA singer who have a Mafia in LA are not Iranians. To Pan-turks: get lost.



by Anonymous-Afraseeab (not verified) on

Andy is a true Iranian. More Iranian than some of those who claim to be Iranian...., and We love Andy.

Armenians are true Iranians. You are one of the Pan's...and need to get a life.



by Neda Ansari Ghopeh on

This is most certainly in accordance with the laws of quantum physics.

I dedicate this genius song to Neda Agha Soltan and others who fought for freedom, with permission from Bon Jovi for the minor tweek: 


This is for the ones who stood their ground

"Neda Agha Soltan and others who never looked down"

Tomorrow's gettin harder make no mistake


Gotta make your own breaks


It's now or never

I ain't gonna live forever

I just want to live while I'm alive


You are resting in peace Neda jan, and rest assured I've kept all the wonderful poems and pieces in the name of Neda and your memory submitted by all the amazing writers and contributors of this site and others in a safe place. 

Andy jan, I've been a fan for more than 20 years, as I have been of Jon's and this is truly amazing.


Darius Kadivar

This is Great !

by Darius Kadivar on

I think it would be a Great thing to continue this kind of support by having a Huge FREEDOM Concert with equally Iranian and American and European Artists.

This clip proves that its possible.

More Power to You !

Thank You Andy for initiating this !



Stand By Me

by A B (not verified) on

Even though Bon Jovi aren't "real" rock n rollers, that was good.


Agree Nifkey Andy said in a

by Arman Harapoortian (not verified) on

Agree Nifkey

Andy said in a video, he just came to music business in order to be admired by girls.
I guess he might be around 70 now. Nowhere you see his date of birth. An old asshole with boyish voice ! Can't find a better one when I think about an old fart .
Stop blackening your grey hair and publish your date of birth if you are courageous.



by Anonymous iranian persian (not verified) on




by irani irani irani (not verified) on



Funerals for Neda Soldani

by K (not verified) on

Neda Soltani has become icon for Iran protest against theocratic regime. It is said that Iran coverment has denied her funeral. It would be a thing if we could arrange her funerals here at west. It would be touching that her own coverment is denying her funerals but she would have her funerals by the free world.

Only problem is to contact bands. I’ve contact Rolling Stone Magazine editorial via e-mail and Iran-Canadian singer Nazanin Afsin-Jam via her net pages. I don’t know if Rolling Stone magazine will notice my email.



by ABC 123 ABC (not verified) on

This is simply AWESOME!!!! I absolutely LOVED it!!!!


This is really Great!

by RL (not verified) on

This is really Great!

This can make more people aware of what's going on inside Iran than other methods.
How many younger people do you think watch CNN?
Those into music may start asking "what's going on?"

Man armani haee ro mishnasam ke az kheili
az irania bishtar irani hastan.
lotfan alaki harf nazan.
Thank you.



by Benyamin on

Nifky is a "nekbat" andy is more Iranian that many in Iran killing our kids in the name of Islam. Andy is more Iranian than you can ever be.

You should be kicked out for the use of profanity. 


Stand by you

by vicky on

I am so moved and grateful for this video.  My heart has been in a grip for weeks now for the Iranian's that want reform, but felt there was no way to send this message.  I hope the people in Iran that see this will know in some way there are people all over the world witnessing the birth pains of a new Iran.

My mantra for today is:  Stan by you, yes I will stand by you


Anahid Hojjati

Andy, great job - Nifky, Armenians from Iran are Iranian

by Anahid Hojjati on

Message to Nifky: Andy is involved with World Music.  If you check out section called "World Music" in music stores, you see that Andy is very much in it.  Whenever they produce CDs that include music of different countries, usually it is Andy that sings the Farsi song.  Please be supportive of our artists. 

This is one of the most moving videoes I have ever watched.  These guys took a great song; Stand by me, and used it to send their message of solidarity to people of Iran.  This is ART in its best manifestation.



by Nifky (not verified) on

Andy, has an extra dy in his name.

Jon Bon Jovi is a stand up first class kind of guy for all the volunteer work he does.

An(dy)- on the other hand is a blood sucking opportunistic dool sucker.

He is using the situation in Iran as promotional advertisement for himself.

Furthermore, An(dy) has numerous times said that he is more Armenian than Iranian, well, if he is, he needs to stop singing Iranian songs and eating out of the rear of Iranians! Iranians have given him 99% of the money he has.

He is An(dy) bedooneh (dy).



by --Mitra, 24 (not verified) on

Jon Bon Jovi , Andy & Richie Sambora and...

Andy and Jon...
You are going to ride high on the hearts of the Iranian people... especially you Jon -- since Andy is Iranian and you are not... and you are singing in solidarity with and for us.

The world needs many many more like you!

I cannot thank you enough... I simply cannot thank the whole group enough.
But here goes anyway...

To all of you:
Andy, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, John Shanks, Patrick Leonard, and Jeff Rothchild (and sorry if I've left out anyone else, I thank you too)


Maryam Hojjat


by Maryam Hojjat on

Thanks foe posting. 



by Benyamin on

Heart warming piece of work.

yes we wont cry, the tears just find their way out.

Our tears witnessing the deaths of our best and the brightest.

But we arenot crying!

as our tears blur our vision, and reality kicks in and the "moment" of good bye comes as fast as dark Tornado.

A precious life has flown away,

But we arenot crying.

Our tears make us to say good bye.

But I amnot crying.



BTW, I just noticed that

by پیام on

Andy really sounds like Brian Adams.


دم جفتشون گرم. مخصوصا بان جوی که فارسی‌ هم میخونه.


دم جفتشون گرم. مخصوصا بان جوی که فارسی‌ هم میخونه.



nice, real nice

by azadi55 (not verified) on

wow Andy and Bon Jovi doing a song for Iran. COOL. Good to see some Musicians are getting in raising awareness about the situation in Iran.


This was seriously sweet!!

by desi on

This was seriously sweet!!