Meanwhile back in Ukraine, this guy was part of the Eurovision winners. Now he’s off to war.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra was the big winner in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest (details here). And now after all the celebratory shots of vodka, the group’s Oleg Psuik has to return to real life. He’s off to defend his country in the fight against the Russian invasion.

Kalush Orchestra was given special permission by their government to compete in the finals in Turin. Usually, all men 18-60 must stay home and fight. But this temporary exemption wasn’t exactly a surprise since (a) they were the bookies’ favourite and (b) a win would be a huge morale boost for Ukraine. Mission accomplished, then.

Psiuk had been called up two days before Kalush Orchestra was chosen for Eurovision. Now he has to make up for lost time. I’m sure he’ll be a popular addition to whatever company he’s assigned.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops have pushed Russian invaders further from Kharkiv, the country’s second-biggest city. As the Russians go, a secret rock concert was held, the first live music performance since the attacks started three months ago.

Finally, more musical fun for Vladimir Putin. (Via Oreo)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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