Julian Lennon broke his longtime vow never to perform his father’s most iconic solo song, “Imagine,” during a benefit for Ukrainian refugees on Saturday.
“Today was the first time I ever performed my father’s song ‘Imagine’ in public,” said Lennon, 59, wrote on YouTube. “The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel that we all hope for.”
The singer-songwriter son of Beatle John Lennon performed his father’s cover of the Peace Ode as part of the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign, a global fundraiser broadcast from Warsaw, Poland.
“I’d always said that I would only think about singing ‘Imagine’ if it was ‘the end of the world,'” Lennon wrote.
But “the war against Ukraine is an unimaginable tragedy,” he declared. “As a person and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most meaningful way possible.”
The celebratory video clip showed Lennon singing – in eerie cadences like his father’s – surrounded by candles, accompanied by acoustic guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.
The performance concluded a televised European Union fundraiser Raised $10.1 billion in public, private and corporate funds earmarked for refugee aid.
Lennon isn’t the first artist to make headlines by making music in support of Ukraine.
Friday at midnight, Pink Floyd – minus Roger Waters – published “Hey Hey Rise Up‘, his first original music in 28 years, for the UN Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine.
Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour told the Guardian he was inspired by Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk, who left his band BoomBox’s US tour to fight in Ukraine.
gilmour saw an Instagram video of the musician in military gear who sang a protest song on Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square and then felt inspired to do something about it.
“I thought, ‘This is pretty magical and maybe I can do something with this,'” Gilmour said. “I have a big platform for that [Pink Floyd] have been working on it for years. It is really difficult and frustrating to see this extraordinarily insane, unjust attack by a great power on an independent, peaceful, democratic nation.
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