Pink Floyd’s new single marks the first music the band has released in almost 30 years. Screenshot via YouTube.
In a display of solidarity with Ukraine, legendary rock band Pink Floyd teamed up with Ukrainian rock star Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox to release their first single in nearly 30 years. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers created a unique version of a World War I protest song to publicly condemn the Russian invasion and raise money for the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.
The single, titled “Hey Hey Rise Up,” features Pink Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Guy Pratt, and Nitin Sawhney, with Khlyvnyuk providing the track’s vocals. Khlyvnyuk was touring with his band Boombox when Russia invaded Ukraine. The 42-year-old frontman ended the tour early so he could return to Ukraine and enlist in the army.
Three days after Russia invaded Ukraine, Khlyvnyuk shared a video of himself in full kit, toting a rifle, and singing the World War I protest song, “The Red Viburnum in the Meadow.” The video went viral, and footage of it was included in the new single.
Khlyvnyuk was recently wounded by a Russian mortar and is in the hospital recovering, but Pink Floyd confirmed Khlyvnyuk’s permission to use his vocals in the new single. The latest act of solidarity from the entertainment industry comes just days after evidence of Russian war crimes surfaced in the town of Bucha.
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