Pink Floyd will release their first new music in 28 years in support of Ukraine

After nearly three decades without creating new original music, Pink Floyd – minus Roger Waters – has come back together to support Ukraine.

Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, bassist Guy Pratt and composer Nitin Sawhney have teamed up to create ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ in support of the UN Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine.

According to the Guardian, Gilmour was inspired by Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox. In February, Khlyvnyuk left the rock band to fight in Ukraine against Russia while BoomBox was touring the United States.

Gilmour saw an Instagram video of the musician in military gear singing a protest song in kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square, then felt inspired to do something about it.

“I thought: it’s quite magical and maybe I can do something with it,” Gilmour told the Guardian. “I have a big platform that [Pink Floyd] worked for all these years. It is a really difficult and frustrating thing to see this extraordinarily insane and unjust attack by a great power against an independent, peaceful and democratic nation.

“The frustration of seeing this and thinking ‘what can I do?’ is somehow unbearable.

So Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian stepdaughter and half-Ukrainian grandchildren, took that frustration out and made it into something productive.

The band got together and recorded the song and a music video, in which Mason plays drums with a painting by Ukrainian artist Maria Primachenko. Waters, who left the group in 1985, reportedly did not return for the reunion. However, the song features Khlyvnyuk’s vocals from the video which inspired Gilmour to begin.

Gilmour contacted Khlyvnyu, who was hospitalized with an injury in the dispute.

“The next time I saw him he was in hospital, having been wounded by a mortar,” Gilmour told the Guardian. “He showed me this little quarter-inch shrapnel that had embedded itself in his cheek. He had kept it in a plastic bag.

Along with the new song, Pink Floyd also recently announced that they have pulled all of their music from Russian and Belarusian digital music providers.

Gilmour hopes the song, which is released on Friday, can serve an important purpose for the people of Ukraine.

“I wouldn’t do that with a lot more,” Gilmour said, “but it’s so vital, vital that people understand what’s going on out there and do everything in their power to change that. “

New York Post

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