“I had always said, that the only time I would ever consider singing ‘Imagine’ would be if it was the ‘End of the World’,”
The son of the activist Beatle has broken his vow to never perform his father’s legendary ode to peace.
Current tragedies happening in Ukraine motivated Julian Lennon to perform ‘Imagine’ for the first time ever, as part of the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign, a global fund-raising effort broadcast from Warsaw, Poland.
“As a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could.”
“The $4.6 billion (4.1 billion euros) in grants and $5.5 billion (5 billion euros) in loans will support refugee efforts in Ukraine in providing accommodation and economic security, as well as support for grassroots organizations and UN agencies working with refugees and internally displaced people.”
Legendary prog rock titans, Pink Floyd, have brought their musical arms out of the closet and come together again as a band to release a new song in support of the Ukrainian people.
Now over a month in, the war in Ukraine hit a personal nerve for David Gilmore who has an Ukrainian daughter-in-law, and so he felt compelled to write a song to try and “raise funds and morale”.
“I hope it will receive wide support and publicity. We want to raise funds for humanitarian charities and raise morale. 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”
– David Gilmore (from the band’s official press release)
This is the first time since 1994 that the famously political band has recorded a song together. Read the full press release here.