Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi joined forces at Abbey Road Studios to support the Invictus Games Foundation with a special charity recording session at the iconic studios.
Making his second public appearance in the UK following his exit from royal life, Prince Harry visited Jon Bon Jovi at Abbey Road Studios, as the rock legend recorded a special remix of his 2019 single ‘Unbroken’ to benefit the prince’s Invictus Games Foundation.
The Bon Jovi frontman, who was also joined by the Invictus Games Choir in the studio, invited the Duke of Sussex into the vocal booth to join in on the session. The pair also posed for photos at the iconic Abbey Road crossing in front of the studios – a favourite tourist stop, as made famous by The Beatles’ 1969 Abbey Road album cover.
JBJ & Harry got together to record a special version of #Unbroken for the Invictus Games. The recording features the Invictus Games Choir, made up of wounded, injured, and sick veterans and serving personnel of the UK Armed Forces.#WeAreInvictus @WeAreInvictus pic.twitter.com/UHYhY3r5zs
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) February 28, 2020
‘Unbroken’ was initially written by Jon Bon Jovi for the documentary To Be of Service, which follows the story of military veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the service animals which improve their lives.
The Invictus Games, founded by the Duke of Sussex in 2014, is a multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services members and veterans compete. This years’ Invictus Games will take place from 9 May to 16 May at the Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Netherlands, with 19 countries represented.
Speaking to CBS News about ‘Unbroken’, the singer said “When I wrote it, it had to be honest. I couldn’t sugar coat anything if I was going to ask [service members] to sing it,” while a member of the Invictus Games Choir noted about Prince Harry, “He’s an ex-soldier…And he’s still a massive part of our family. And he understands.” The Prince, who has asked to be referred to simply as “Harry” in the future, will be stepping down from senior royal duties and is currently wrapping up his final duties in the UK along with his wife, Meghan Markle.
Bon Jovi and his eponymous New Jersey band will release their studio album, 2020 on 15 May, which will include the original version of ‘Unbroken’, as well as their new single, ‘Limitless’. The group is also readying for a co-headlining tour of the US with Bryan Adams, kicking off on 10 June in Tacoma, Washington.
The forthcoming remix of ‘Unbroken’, due out in March, will raise money for the Invictus Games, helping injured service personnel and veterans.
Bon Jovi’s 2020 is out on 15 May and can be pre-ordered here.