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Chris de Burgh set for Iranian concert: report

British singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh, the man behind the 1980s-hit Lady in Red, appears to be a step closer to performing in a landmark public concert in Tehran, according to an Iranian news network.

British singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh, the man behind the 1980s hit Lady in Red, appears to be a step closer to performing in a landmark public concert in Tehran, according to an Iranian news network.

The soft-rocker will join popular group Arian for a show at the 12,000-seat Azadi Indoor Stadium in late November, a spokesperson for an Iranian musical production company told Press TV, the country's state-owned, English-language satellite news channel.

Reports first emerged in late 2007 that the Argentine-born de Burgh, who lives in Ireland, was preparing for such a concert.

De Burgh travelled to the country for the first time in May. That month, he also released a new English- and Farsi-language version of his song The Words I Love You that he recorded with Arian. The song is included on the band's latest album, Bi To Ba To.

Though he has only had a few hit songs top the North American and British music charts, de Burgh remains popular in Iran, across Europe and in South America.

The Tehran performance would mark the first such concert by a significant Western artist in Iran since the country's revolution in 1979.

The Iranian government officially prohibits the broadcast of Western music with lyrics (some instrumental versions are permitted) and local acts have complained about officials vetting their music before it is allowed to be released or sold.

Music from a wide range of both Western and domestic recording artists is said to be available on the black market.

In July 2007, pop singer Enrique Iglesias made history when he became the first Western performer to give a concert in Syria in three decades.

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