Pink Floyd, the 1970s psychedelic rock band, will release its first new song in nearly three decades on Friday to raise money for the people of Ukraine, the band said on Thursday.
Record, “Hey hey, wake up“It’s a remake of a protest song from World War I and features Ukrainian rock star Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox.
Mr. Khlyvnyuk was on a visit to the United States when the war began and returned to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to enlist in his country’s army. The voice in the song Pink Floyd comes from a viral video that the Ukrainian singer posted three days after the war dressed himself in combat gear, carried a rifle and sang a Ukrainian protest anthem at Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square.
The song, “The Red Viburnum in the Meadow,” was written during World War I and has been sung at Ukrainian solidarity rallies around the world since the Russian invasion. Pink Floyd gives it a soaring rock handle, with David Gilmour providing a harrowing guitar solo and Nick Mason’s steady drumming propelling it forward. Guy Pratt plays the bass and Nitin Sawhney adds the keyboard. Roger Waters, who left the group in 1985, did not participate.
The song’s final line, “Hey, hey, get up and rejoice,” was the inspiration for the song’s title. Proceeds from its sale will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.
Mr Gilmour said Mr Khlyvnyuk had sent his blessings for the song from the hospital where he was recovering from a mortar shrapnel wound.
Mr. Gilmour describes getting to know Khlyvnyuk in 2015, when Boombox supported him at a performance in support of a persecuted Belarusian theater group.
Both Pink Floyd and Mr. Gilmour, who has Ukrainian family members, pulled their music from digital vendors in Russia and Belarus in March and said they stand with the world in “strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ”
The move is one of several concerted efforts from the music industry in recent weeks. Last week’s Grammy Awards stood out remarks of President Volodymyr Zelensky and performances by Ukrainian singer Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk, who recently fled the country.
In March, a benefit concert featured stars including Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello. raised $17.6 million.