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Roger Waters Not Part of Pink Floyd Reunion For Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief


Pink Floyd have released new music for the first time in 28 years, with proceeds going towards humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Guess-who is not involved:

Pink Floyd is releasing its first new music in almost three decades to raise money for the people of Ukraine, the band announced Thursday.

“Hey Hey Rise Up” features Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox. Roger Waters, who left the band in the 1980s, is not involved.

The song is being released Friday and the band says proceeds will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Fund.

“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,” Gilmour said.

Waters was never going to take part for the sole reason the other Pink Floyd members cannot stand him. But even if this wasn’t the case, he made such an arse of himself (evergreen comment, I know) when airing his views on Russia and Ukraine:

And although he tried to walk back his comments a bit, there was no way he was ever going to be part of this.

A week before Russia invaded Ukraine, Waters told an interviewer on Russia Today that talk of a Russian invasion was “bullshit … anybody with an IQ above room temperature knows [an invasion] is nonsense”; he has subsequently condemned the invasion calling it “the act of a gangster”, while also condemning “propaganda to demonise Russia”. It’s a subject on which Gilmour won’t be drawn. “Let’s just say I was disappointed and let’s move on. Read into that what you will.”

Meanwhile, this so-called ‘human-rights activist’ seems preoccupied with promoting his This is Not a Drill tour, presumably from the comfort of one of his multi-million dollar homes.

Or perhaps the local pub.


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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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