Roger Waters recently released a new version of the classic Pink Floyd song “Comfortably Numb” via Sony Music.
The darker version, which is called “Comfortably Numb 2022,” features a more ominous tone than the original that came out more than four decades ago.
“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,” Waters said in a news release. “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.”
“Comfortably Numb 2022,” co-produced by Waters and Gus Seyffert, features work from ten musicians and has strings, percussion, bass, guitar and more.
Sean Evans produced and directed the accompanying video for the track. The visual was shot by Kate Izor. Waters recorded the track during his “This Is Not a Drill” North American tour.
“Comfortably Numb” was originally included on 1979’s The Wall before being released as a single in 1980. Its lyrics were inspired by an incident in 1977 when Waters, suffering from hepatitis, was injected with tranquilizers before taking the stage to perform.
“That was the longest two hours of my life,” he later told Rolling Stone. “Trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm.”
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