Legendary English rock band Pink Floyd has come out of retirement. First time after 28 years, Pink Floyd have reunited to record their first new material , a protest song against the Ukraine war. It is the first new original piece of music the band has recorded since the 1994 album “The Division Bell.” The song is built around a spine-tingling refrain from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox. „Hey Hey, Rise Up!” was described by David Gilmour as a show of “anger at a superpower invading a peaceful nation”. It is a call for peace. “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,” Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour said in a statement Thursday.The song was released at midnight on Friday, with proceeds going to humanitarian relief.
Pink Floyd, famous for Dark Side of the Moon, among other hit albums, has a history of tackling social issues in its music, including the lingering emotional impacts of war as addressed by the 1979 concept album The Wall. Pink Floyd joins a chorus of artists protesting the war in Ukraine. By 2013, Pink Floyd had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2008, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented Pink Floyd with the Polar Music Prize for their contribution to modern music.