British rock band Pink Floyd reunited for the first time in years to record a new song in support of Ukraine. The album Hey Hey Rise Up will be released on Friday.
The song includes the voice of Andriy Khlyvnyuk, the lead singer of the Ukrainian band Boombox. He is currently recovering from his injuries from a shrapnel, Kyiv said.
Khlyvnyuk’s contribution comes from a protest song he sang somewhere in Kyiv after the Russian invasion. The clip has been viewed many times on Instagram.
According to singer-guitarist David Gilmour, the members of Pink Floyd were last in the studio together in 1994, when already without Roger Waters. Then they worked on the album The Division Bell . In addition to Gilmour, bassist Guy Pratt and keyboardist Nitin Sawhney collaborated on the new song.
Gilmour, who has Ukrainian relatives, had contact with Khlyvnyuk during production. “I played him a part over the phone and he gave me his blessing. We hope to be able to do something live together in the future,” he said.
Here is the official video for ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’, Pink Floyd’s new Ukraine fundraiser feat Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox. Stream / download from midnight. https://t.co/4U3P3WAQOZ
— Pink Floyd (@pinkfloyd) April 7, 2022