Rock Icon Slash backs Ukraine against Putin on video

Rock music icon Slash has joined others in his profession in wholeheartedly supporting Ukraine in its war effort against Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

A video posted on Twitter late Wednesday night shows Slash standing in front of a Ukrainian flag. It has been viewed over 167,000 times.

“I represent Ukraine and I represent freedom,” said the famed guitarist who burst onto the music scene in Guns ‘N Roses. “I think other governments around the world should do everything they can to support Ukraine and give them everything they need to push Putin back.”

The video was posted by @Ukraine with the text: “Thank you @Slash to help us get the weapons. So we can also have the roses to celebrate our victory later. #ArmUkraineNow.”

On Thursday morning, President Joe Biden held a press conference providing updates on US involvement in the ongoing conflict, saying the US would send an additional $800 million in security aid to Ukraine, as well as establish a new program to streamline Ukrainians seeking to enter the United States

Musician Slash performs at the Grand Ole Opry on March 16, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee
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Slash has become the latest musician to publicly denigrate Putin and Russia’s offenses in Ukraine, joining Ukrainian progressive rock band Jinjer, Russian feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot and lead guitarist Noodles of The Offspring, according to Loud Wire.

David Gilmour and Nick Mason, remaining members of legendary band Pink Floyd, have joined Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox, according to Guitar World, to record a new song titled Hey hey get up.

Gilmour, one of the world-famous guitarists, played a show in 2015 at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members had been imprisoned, Guitar World reported, but due to visa issues Khlyvnyuk could not. couldn’t play, so Gilmour ended up playing with Pussy Riot and even dedicated a version of wish you were Here for Ukrainian.

Fast forward many years, Gilmour said he saw an Instagram post of Khlyvnyuk fighting on behalf of his homeland, even singing in the streets. Gilmour, who reportedly has a Ukrainian stepdaughter and grandchildren, called it a “powerful moment” that made him want to record a new track for Ukraine.

“We, like so many others, have felt the fury and frustration at this despicable act of an independent and peaceful democratic country being invaded and seeing its people murdered by one of the world’s major powers,” Gilmour said in a statement. .

Original Pink Floyd member and founder Roger Waters has nothing to do with the new track, which recently topped the UK singles download chart. It also debuted at No. 5 on the UK Billboards Top 10.

As the onslaught began, Ukrainian artists remained steadfast and used their musical talents to send a message to Russia and the world, Global News reported.

Vera Lytovchenko, a violinist with the Kharkiv City Opera Orchestra and a music teacher, lived in the basement of her building to avoid surface bombardment and played music downloaded from YouTube. She was later joined by violinists from all over the world.

Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, leader of arguably Ukraine’s greatest rock band, Okean Elzy, continued to travel across the country performing songs about love and war, even playing for the wounded and medical personnel at Kharkiv during a stop.

Newsweek contacted Slash and the Ukrainian Security Service for comment.

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