Roger Waters releases ‘Dark’ new version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has released a “darker” version of 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 explaining how this was an idea he started working on during the pandemic.

“During Lockdown I demoed a new version of ‘Comfortably Numb’ as an opener for our new show ‘This Is Not A Drill…’ I knocked it down a whole step in A minor to make it darker and arranged it without solos, except over the outro chord sequence, where there is a heartbreakingly beautiful female vocal solo from Shanay Johnson, one of our new singers.”

The result is a dystopian fever dream. Eerie violins mingle with thunder, police sirens and vague news reports possibly heralding the end of society.

Waters says of the menacing new tone: “It’s intended as a wakeup call and a bridge to a friendlier future with more talking to strangers, either in ‘The Bar’ or just ‘Passing in the Street’ and less slaughter ‘In Some Foreign Mark.’ Here it is. Love R.”

A small Easter egg at the end of the “Comfortably Numb 2022” video: A pig hanging in the sky, reminiscent of the Floyd album to Animals. Check it out below.

Roger Waters’ new version of “Comfortably Numb 2022” video

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