Pink Floyd remove Gilmour era music from Russian and Belarus streaming sites

Pink Floyd in 1988
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Pink Floyd have announced that they have removed all content recorded from 1987 onwards from all Russian and Belarusian streaming sites, to "stand with the world in strongly condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine."

In a short statement, the band said: "To stand with the world in strongly condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the works of Pink Floyd, from 1987 onwards, and all of David Gilmour's solo recordings are being removed from all digital music providers in Russia and Belarus from today."

So 1987's A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, 1994's The Division Bell and 2014's The Endless River, along with live albums Delicate Sound Of Thunder (1988), Pulse (1995) and last year's Live At Knebworth are no longer available.

Thus far there has been no comment from Roger Waters, who it is believed would have to agree to any pre-1987 material being removed. David Gilmour recently spoke out against the invasion of Ukraine.

"Russian soldiers, stop killing your brothers. There will be no winners in this war," wrote Gilmour. "My daughter-in-law is Ukrainian and my grand-daughters want to visit and know their beautiful country. Stop this before it is all destroyed."

For his part, Waters posted a letter condemning the Russian invasion on Facebook, in response to a message from a Ukrainian fan asking him to make a public stand. 

"I will do anything I can to help effect the end of this awful war in your country, anything that is except wave a flag to encourage the slaughter," wrote Waters. "That is what the gangsters want, they want us to wave flags. That is how they divide and control us, by encouraging the waving of flags, to create a smokescreen of enmity to blind us to our innate capacity to empathise with one another, while they plunder and rape our fragile planet. Putin must go." 

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.