After nearly three decades without creating new original music, Pink Floyd — minus Roger Waters — has gotten back together in support of Ukraine.
Guitarist and singer David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, bassist Guy Pratt and composer Nitin Sawhney teamed up to create "Hey Hey Rise Up" to support the UN's Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.'
According to the Guardian, Gilmour was inspired by Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk from the band BoomBox. In February, Khlyvnyuk left the rock group to fight in Ukraine against Russia while BoomBox was touring the US.
The group got together and recorded the song and a music video, which features Mason playing on drums that have a painting from Ukrainian artist Maria Primachenko. Waters, who left the group in 1985, reportedly did not return for the reunion. However, the song features Khlyvnyuk's voice from the video that inspired Gilmour to begin with.
Gilmour did reach out to Khlyvnyu, who was hospitalized for an injury in the conflict.
"The next time I saw him, he was in the hospital, having been injured by a mortar," Gilmour said to the Guardian. "He showed me this tiny quarter-inch piece of shrapnel that had embedded itself in his cheek. He'd kept it in a plastic bag."