“Throughout Lockdown I made a demo of a brand new model of ‘Comfortably Numb’ as an opener for our new present This Is Not a Drill,” Waters defined through press launch. “I pitched it a complete step down, in A Minor, to make it darker and organized it with no solos, besides over the outro chord sequence, the place there’s a heartrendingly lovely feminine vocal solo from Shanay Johnson, one among our new singers.”
Ten musicians contributed to “Comfortably Numb 2022,” delivering strings, percussion, bass, guitar and extra. Waters co-produced the monitor, in addition to dealing with vocals. You may hearken to the music beneath.
Initially launched on The Wall in 1979, earlier than being issued as a single in 1980, “Comfortably Numb” stays one among Pink Floyd’s best-known songs. The monitor’s lyrics have been impressed by an incident in 1977 when Waters, affected by hepatitis, was injected with tranquilizers earlier than taking the stage to carry out. “That was the longest two hours of my life,” he’d later recall. “Making an attempt to do a present when you possibly can hardly elevate your arm.”
“Comfortably Numb” additionally holds a singular place in Pink Floyd historical past. When the band reunited at Live 8 in 2005, they opted to shut their set with the tune. This might show to be the final efficiency for Pink Floyd’s basic quartet lineup, as keyboardist Richard Wright died three years later.
Greater than 4 a long time after its launch, “Comfortably Numb” stays a constant a part of Waters’ solo set lists. The rocker is scheduled to take his This Is Not a Drill to Europe in 2023, with 40 reveals throughout 14 international locations, starting March 17 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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