Roger Waters Releases New Version of ‘Comfortably Numb’

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Roger Waters on opening night of his 2022 tour (Photo: Kate Izor; used with permission)

Roger Waters has released an updated version of “Comfortably Numb.” The 1980 song, written by David Gilmour and Waters, originally appeared on the Pink Floyd album, The Wall. “Comfortably Numb 2022” was recorded during Waters “This Is Not A Drill” North American tour. The song is available for purchase digitally here. Watch an extended video of the new version below.

Appearing on the track are Waters – Vocals; Gus Seyffert – Bass, Synth, Percussion, Vocals; Joey Waronker – Drums; Dave Kilminster – Vocals; Jonathan Wilson – Harmonium, Synth, Guitar and Vocals; Jon Carin – Synth, Vocals; Shanay Johnson – Vocals; Amanda Belair – Vocals; Robert Walter – Organ/Piano; Nigel Godrich – Strings, amp and backing vocals from Roger Waters The Wall Sessions. The track was produced by Roger Waters and Gus Seyffert.

Waters commented: “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.

“It’s 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’.”

The video, nearly nine minutes long, was produced and directed by Sean Evans; photography is by Kate Izor.

Waters’ “This Is Not a Drill” will tour Europe in 2023 with 40 shows across 14 European countries, starting on March 17. Tickets are available here and here)

Watch Waters perform “Comfortably Numb” and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” during his 2022 tour.

Related: Our recap of opening night of Waters’ “This Is Not a Drill” tour

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  1. Russell
    #1 Russell 19 November, 2022, 09:37

    it was brilliant way to start the concert, it gave us a modern, without david gilmour version and a Gig in the sky vocal moment, great show.

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  2. Sturgis_SD
    #2 Sturgis_SD 19 November, 2022, 14:40

    Saw him in Salt Lake City in September. This is a great video, but being there and not expecting this opening to the concert was absolutely amazing! The best production I’ve ever experienced!

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  3. Dannicky
    #3 Dannicky 19 November, 2022, 15:26

    I’ve seen Roger about 5 times. and this last time the show was horrendous. I will take the original version anytime. I am going to concerts to escape the political atmosphere around us

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