LONDON ( Associated Press) – Pink Floyd is releasing its first new music in nearly three decades to raise money for the people of Ukraine, the band announced Thursday.
“Hey He Rise Up” features Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with vocals from Ukrainian singer Andrey Khalivanyuk of the Boombox band.
The track features Khalivnyuk singing a patriotic Ukrainian song from a clip recorded in front of Kyiv’s St. Sophia Cathedral and posted on social media.
Gilmour, who performed with Boombox in London in 2015, said the video was “a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”
After the Russian invasion, Khlyvnyuk shortened his tour of the US to return to Ukraine and join a regional defense unit.
Gilmour said he spoke to Khalivanyuk, who was recovering from a mortar shrapnel injury in a hospital, while he was writing the song. He added: “I played him a little song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both look forward to doing something personally together in the future.”
The song is being released on Friday and the band says the proceeds will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Fund.
Gilmour said, “We want to express our support for Ukraine, and show in a way that most of the world thinks it is completely wrong for a superpower to invade the free democratic country that has become Ukraine.” “
Pink Floyd was founded in London in the mid-1960s and became a UK psychedelic figure before releasing influential 1970s albums including “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall”. helped create the scene.
Original member Roger Waters stepped down in 1985, and the remaining members of Pink Floyd last recorded together for the 1994 album “The Division Bell”.
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