Pink Floyd thank fans after raising half a million pounds through charity single

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Pink Floyd have thanked their fans for helping the band to raise half a million pounds through their charity single Hey Hey Rise Up.

The new track was the band's first new original music they've recorded together as a band since 1994’s The Division Bell and alongside David Gilmour and Nick Mason featured long-time Floyd bassist Guy Pratt and keyboard player Sawhney on keyboards, plus vocals from Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. The single, which was initially released digitally in April and was #1 in 27 countries, and  as a physical vinyl and CD single later. All proceed went to Ukraine Humanitarian Relief.

"Pink Floyd would like to thank everyone who has supported Hey, Hey, Rise Up," the band say. "The single, recorded on 30th March with Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the Ukrainian band Boombox, has so far raised over £450,000 to help alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Season’s Greetings to you all and Slava Ukraini.”

Gilmour and Mason have added £50,000 to make this up to £500,000 which will be distributed to the following humanitarian charities:



Vostok SOS

Livyj Bereh

Kyiv Volunteer

You can watch the band's video for Hey Hey Rise Up below and purchase the single here.

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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.