Van Morrison, David Bowie, Eddie Vedder sings “Comfortably Numb” – Happy Birthday Roger Waters

Eddie Vedder and Roger Waters

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone home?

George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English songwriter, singer, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters initially served solely as the bassist, but following the departure of singer-songwriter Syd Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.

My favourite Roger Waters song is “Comfortably Numb”, in this post I’ve collected some great versions.

First some facts from wikipedia:

Comfortably Numb” is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on their eleventh album, The Wall (1979). It was released as a single in 1980 with “Hey You” as the B-side. The chorus progression and guitar solos were written by guitarist David Gilmour, while the lyrics and verse progression were written by bassist Roger Waters.

David Gilmour’s guitar solo was rated the 4th best guitar solo of all-time by Guitar World magazine, in a reader poll. In August 2006, it was voted the greatest guitar solo of all time in a poll by listeners of digital radio station Planet Rock. Gilmour’s guitar tone in the song was named best guitar sound by Guitarist magazine in November 2010.

David Gilmour and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd perform in London, 1980

Original version

Van Morrison

Roger Waters based one of the saddest drug songs ever written on a sleazy Philadelphia doctor who injected him with tranquilizers before a gig when he was suffering from hepatitis. “That was the longest two hours of my life,” Waters said. “Trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm.” Arguably the greatest cover of “Numb”: Van Morrison’s 1990 version from The Wall: Live in Berlin concert.

Live July 21, 1990 – Berlin

  • Van Morrison
  • Roger Waters
  • The Band
  • The Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
  • Guitar solos by Rick Di Fonzo and Snowy White

Van Morrison has performed the song with his own band 15 times between July 2008 and March 2009.

July 11, 2008 – Upper Darby, US

July 19, 2008 – Stockholm, Sweden

David Bowie

May 29, 2006 – RAH, London, England
David Gilmour tour with David Bowie guest performance

Eddie Vedder

December 12, 2012 – 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, MSG, NYC
Roger Waters featuring Eddie Vedder

August 5, 2016 – Fenway Park, Boston, US
Pearl Jam

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