Lead singer of band with ties to each Russia and Ukraine speaks out about struggle

JIM THORPE, Pa. – A band with ties to each Russia and Ukraine is ready to carry out in Jim Thorpe over the weekend.

The lead singer of the band recognized to the Lehigh Valley space spoke concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and his household again house.

The nationally recognized music group the Pink Elvises have been regulars on the MusikFest stage.

“I keep in mind some previous man got here as much as me, he had a very lengthy beard and was like ‘hey I used to return to your present with my dad after I was in highschool’ and was like ‘rattling how previous are you,’” stated the Pink Elvises lead singer Igor Yuzov.

“Even throughout COVID we got here to play there so we’re going to be on the MusikFest for the primary weekend in August,” stated Yuzov.

Yuzov, who grew up in Ukraine, says it is onerous to focus on music with the continuing destruction in his homeland.

“I nonetheless can’t imagine it’s taking place as a result of it simply looks as if I’m watching a horror film, and it looks as if I’m going to get up and nothing is occurring, it looks as if it was only a nightmare,” stated Yuzov.

Yuzov’s group has each Russian and Ukrainian band members, and he says typically he feels caught within the center. Having grown up within the former Soviet Union, the lead singer nonetheless has household and buddies in each international locations, and says he speaks with them recurrently.

“I do not actually like when somebody is bombing my hometown you realize, I actually affiliate with numerous my Russian buddies too and plenty of them perceive the state of affairs,” stated Yuzov.

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The band says they’re doing their half to assist to boost cash for the individuals of Ukraine and are making ready for his or her efficiency at Mauch Chunk Opera Home in Jim Thorpe this weekend, in a area closely populated by individuals of Ukrainian heritage.

“We attempt to make their life extra enjoyable and attempt to neglect the madness of what is going on on proper now, for at the least a pair hours they’re going to take into consideration good instances and about dancing and celebrating,” stated Yuzov.