Watch a band of Afghan refugees cover Won’t Back Down with the help of Joe Walsh, Matt Sorum and Timothy B. Schmit

A group of Afghan girls playing acoustic guitars
(Image credit: Lannny Cordola/YouTube)

A team of A-list musicians have teamed up with a group of Afghan refugees currently living in Pakistan to record a defiant cover of Tom Petty’s anthemic 1989 track, I Won’t Back Down.

Though the collective of musicians boasts some impressive names – including Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist Timothy B. Schmit and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum – the star of the show is the group of young Afghan girls, who are living in Pakistan having recently escaped Taliban rule.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.