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    With “Comfortably Numb 2022” Roger Waters has released a new version of the Pink Floyd hit. “Comfortably Numb” first appeared on the Pink Floyd album “The Wall” (1979).

    The track was written during Waters’ recent This is Not A Drill tour and produced by him and Gus Seyffert. Other contributors to the recording include Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Our impressions of his tour show in Pittsburgh can be found here.

    Artwork for “Comfortably Numb 2022” by Roger Waters (Credit: BOLD COLLECTIVE, PR Roger Waters)

    Waters compositional moves: Dark sounds and a lower key

    The musician can be quoted as follows in the press release for his new work: “During the lockdown I recorded a new demo version of ‘Comfortably number as an opener for our show ‘This is Not A Drill’ up. I dropped it a whole notch, in A minor, to make it darker. Also, I arranged it with no solos except over the outro chord progression, where there’s a heartbreakingly beautiful female vocal solo by shanay Johnson, one of our new singers, gives.”

    Surprisingly, the ex-Pink Floyd musician did not use any political symbolism in his video. This year alone, Waters attracted attention with all sorts of crude views, whether on the question of guilt in the Ukraine war or the question of Israel’s responsibility for the conflicts in the Middle East. The new video only shows the shadows of sad people in a sad world and, of course, the flying Floyd pig.

    On the piece you can hear:

    • Roger Waters – vocals
    • Gus Seyffert – bass, synths, percussion, vocals
    • Joey Waronker – Drums
    • dave Kilminster – Singing
    • Jonathan Wilson – harmonium, synths, guitar and vocals
    • Jon Carin – synths, vocals
    • shanay Johnson – Vocals
    • Amanda Belair – Vocals
    • Robert Walter – organ/piano
    • nigel Godrich – strings, amplifiers
    • Additionally: Backing Vocals by Roger Waters “The Wall Sessions”

    The official music video for the 2022 version:

    Tour 2023 – The dates for Germany

    Here are the tour dates for Roger Waters in Germany 2023:

    • May 7th: Barclays Arena, Hamburg
    • May 9: LANXESS arena, Cologne
    • May 17: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
    • May 21: Olympic Hall, Munich
    • May 28: Festhalle, Frankfurt

    The original version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”:

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