Pink Floyd cofounder Roger Waters has released a darker version of the 1979 The Wall classic Comfortably Numb. The revamped tune is now 8 plus minutes long considerably more ominous and comes with an apocalyptic video which you can watch below. Comfortably Numb 2022 was recorded live during a stop along Waters recent.
This Is Not A Drill tour. Waters released a statement that explains how this was an idea he started working on during the pandemic. During Lockdown I made a demo of a new version of Comfortably Numb as an opener for our new show This Is Not A Drill… I pitched it a whole step down in A Minor to make it darker and arranged it with no solos except over the outro chord sequence where there is a heartrendingly beautiful female vocal solo from Shanay Johnson one of our new singers.
The result is dystopian fever dream. Eerie violins mix with thunder police sirens and vague news reports possibly heralding the end of society. Waters says of the menacing new tone Its intended as a wakeup call and a bridge towards a kinder future with more talking to strangers either in The Bar or just Passing in the Street and less slaughter In Some Foreign Field. Here it is. Love R.