Roger Waters Calls New Version Of ‘Comfortably Numb’ A Wakeup Call

Roger Waters has released a new version of Pink Floyd’s 1980 hit ‘Comfortably Numb’ on his Youtube channel. The rocker (re)created a true masterpiece, despite removing the solo, which was the main element that made the original a hit. This drop, which is a ‘darker’ version both in terms of overall tune and its music video, has another significance, according to Waters.

“Before lockdown, I had been working on a demo of a new version of ‘Comfortably Numb’ as an opener to our new show ‘This Is Not A Drill,’” the rocker wrote in the statement. “I pitched it a whole step down, in A Minor, to make it darker and arranged it with no solos, except over the outro, where there is a heartrendingly beautiful vocal solo from one of our new sisters, Shanay Johnson.”

He continued, “It’s intended as a wake-up 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.”

Waters started the ‘This Is Not A Drill’ tour, which he had to postpone before, at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on July 6. Recently, Waters has been using his art to express his political concerns, and this tour, according to him, was ‘part magic carpet ride, part political rant, part anguish.’ Therefore, the darker tone of this new release is in harmony with the overall concern of the tour.

The song is entitled ‘Comfortably Numb 2022’ and was recorded on the North American leg of this tour. It also features touring musicians and artists Jonathan Wilson, Jon Carin, Shanay Johnson, Amanda Belair, Gus Seyffert, and Dave Kilminster.