Pink Floyd have announced the physical release of “Hey Hey Rise Up”.
The makers of the hit “Comfortably Numb” released the benefit single “Ukraine” – their first new song in 25 years – digitally in April, but have now announced that it will be available on both 7″ vinyl and CD on July 15 at Great Britain. Europe and other markets, followed by August 3 in Japan.
However, fans in North America, Canada, Australia and Mexico won’t be able to get a copy until October 21st.
The B-side of the track will be a reworked version of “A Great Day For Freedom”, which first appeared on the band’s 1994 album The Division Bell, but was reimagined by David Gilmour based on the song’s original recordings.
David, who has a Ukrainian family, explained that the band wanted to draw attention to the Russian invasion with the song and raise money, with all proceeds going to Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid.
In a statement, he said: “We want to express our support for Ukraine and thus show that most of the world considers it completely wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become.
“We, like many, feel furious and disappointed at this heinous act of invading an independent, peaceful, democratic country and killing its people by one of the world’s major powers.”
The song also features drummer Nick Mason, bassist Guy Pratt and keyboardist Nitin Soni, as well as a recording of Andriy Khlyvniuk, the lead singer of the Ukrainian band Boombox, who can be heard singing “Red Virburnum” in Kyiv.
In March, Pink Floyd and David removed their music from streaming services in Russia and Belarus in support of Ukraine.
David then said: “Russian soldiers, stop killing your brothers. There will be no winners in this war.”