Watch Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Perform “Comfortably Numb” Live in 2002

“Comfortably Numb” track by Pink Floyd band is an important song for many reasons. It is one of those songs that has shaped the course of music through Pink Floyd, and the last song performed by the original members of Pink Floyd-Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason-together. “Comfortably Numb” is also ranked at #314 on Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ list. And the song features two distinct guitar solo pieces by David Gilmour, encompassing Waters and Gilmour’s visions of what the song should be.

Released in 1979, “Comfortably Numb” was a single on Pink Floyd’s 11th album ‘The Wall,’ which also birthed one of the most iconic songs in the history “Another Brick in the Wall.” The guitar progression was written by David Gilmour and the verses by Roger Waters.

The lyrics to “Comfortably Numb” were inspired by a personal experience of Roger Waters, when he was injected with tranquilizers before Pink Floyd’s concert in Philadelphian on their 1977 ‘In The Flesh’ tour. Waters recalls the experience: “That was the longest two hours of my life, trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm.” The song had the working title “The Doctor.”

The guitarist and vocalist of Pink Floyd-David Gilmour was on a tour in 2002 and he performed this iconic track “Comfortably Numb” live at the Royal Festival Hall. He was assisted by English singer Robert Wyatt. Watch the serenading performance below.

You can get the ‘David Gilmour In Concert’ DVD from 2002 which includes other performances such as an acoustic version of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Fat Old Sun,” “High Hopes” and more.

Drop in a comment about this live performance by David Gilmour and your thoughts on this iconic song “Comfortably Numb” in the comments below.

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