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Watch Ed Sheeran & Ben Kweller Cover 'Stand By Me'


Three weeks after the death of Ben E. King, Ed Sheeran brought out tour opener Ben Kweller in Salt Lake City Tuesday night for a soulful cover of the singer's signature song, "Stand by Me."

"You all know the words to this," Sheeran said before the two singer-songwriters plucked away at their guitars for a charming rendition of the classic track. Kweller and Sheeran traded off verses, showed off their guitar skills and even covered a bit of Sean Kingston's "Stand By Me"-sampling 2007 hit "Beautiful Girls."

The Salt Lake City show isn't the first time Sheeran has surprised fans with a cover of "Stand by Me," taking on the track solo at a 2013 wedding.

The "Thinking Out Loud" singer is headlining his own arena tour across North America. Kweller joined as a last-minute opener when original opener Foy Vance was unable to start the tour due to immigration issues. Kweller has performed in Albany and Pittsburgh prior to the Salt Lake City show.


Topics: Ed Sheeran   Ben Kweller


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