LONDON (AP) — Pink Floyd is releasing its first new music in nearly three many years to boost cash for the individuals of Ukraine, the band introduced Thursday.
“Hey Hey Rise Up” options Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox. Roger Waters, who left the band within the Eighties, shouldn’t be concerned.
The monitor options Khlyvnyuk singing a patriotic Ukrainian track from a clip he recorded in entrance of Kyiv’s St. Sophia Cathedral and posted on social media.
Gilmour, who carried out with BoomBox in London in 2015, mentioned the video was “a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”
After Russia’s invasion, Khlyvnyuk lower quick a tour of the U.S. to return to Ukraine and be part of a territorial protection unit.
Gilmour mentioned he spoke to Khlyvnyuk, who was recovering in a hospital from a mortar shrapnel harm, whereas he was writing the track. He mentioned: “I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future.”
The track is being launched Friday and the band says proceeds will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Fund.
“We want to express our support for Ukraine, and in that way show that most of the world thinks that it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become,” Gilmour mentioned.
Pink Floyd was based in London within the mid-Nineteen Sixties and helped forge the U.Okay. psychedelic scene earlier than releasing influential Seventies albums together with “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall.”
Original member Waters stop in 1985, and the remaining members of Pink Floyd final recorded collectively for the 1994 album “The Division Bell.” After keyboard participant Richard Wright died in 2008, Gilmour mentioned he doubted Pink Floyd would carry out collectively once more.
“Hey Hey Rise Up” additionally options Guy Pratt on bass and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards.
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