Comfortably Numb (7:38)

Cover of PALAIS DE CONGRES

From PALAIS DE CONGRES and 16 other releases

Gilmour has performed the song during each of his solo tours. In his 1984 tour to promote his album “About Face”, the set list referred to the song as “Come On Big Bum”. The vocals during the verses were performed by band members Gregg Dechart and Mickey Feat. In 2001 and 2002, the verse vocals were performed on different dates by guest singers: Robert Wyatt, Bob Geldof, Kate Bush and Durga McBroom. During 2006, Richard Wright sang the Waters’ part. On 29 May 2006 at the Royal Albert Hall, David Bowie sang Waters’ part as a special guest. The song was often referred to as “C-Numb”.

This song features two guitar solos by David Gilmour. In 1989 the readers of the Pink Floyd fanzine The Amazing Pudding voted this song the best Floyd song of all time. David Gilmour’s solo was rated the 4th best guitar solo of all-time, by Guitar World magazine, in a reader poll. Also on Guitar World there are details on David Gilmour’s “Comfortably Numb” solo stating that the solo (most likely the outro solo) was pieced together from several other solos that Gilmour had been experimenting with at the time. In August 2006, it was voted the greatest guitar solo of all time in a poll by listeners of digital radio station Planet Rock.

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  • radio_face

    when I was a child I had a fever............

    11 Aug 1:18am Reply
  • susavo

    So amazing...

    5 May 11:13am Reply
  • niko306

    I feel like second solo he played live in Gdansk is too good for this damned planet and rotting society, we're not worth it [3]

    26 Mar 8:34pm Reply
  • S4EEDR3ZA

    I feel like second solo he played live in Gdansk is too good for this damned planet and rotting society, we're not worth it [2]

    28 Jan 2:10pm Reply
  • Assedor

    One of the hallmarks in his work is brightly highlighted the individuality of each tune at his concerts.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • peetave

    Hello...

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • NitaD1

    I know somebody who wants this played at his funeral......................hope that won't be for years and years.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • deepest_sleep

    I feel like second solo he played live in Gdansk is too good for this damned planet and rotting society, we're not worth it

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Apehanger

    I LOVE feeling comfortably numb!

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • akinberkin

    masterpiece

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • scientist4u

    its like 2 ballons but god it feels good lol!!

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Distron

    it's all totally subjective....nobody's right, nobody's wrong....it is what it is to each individual and to most it is awesome. that's what really counts....IMO

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • bossmark

    Groovy

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • skullita

    Second solo Fuck yeah.

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • anders7535

    I can't love this enough!!

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Bizbuster

    Ah tinker277...the debate will always be there. Lets leave at this, the five of them (and I will include Sid) gave us all some of the BEST music to ever be composed. It was a joint effort of them all, it had to be. Yes they all have had solo stuff and in my opinion it is all good. Roger has had some very good solo stuff also. Just sit back, light one and enjoy. ROCK ON FLOYD NO ONE COMPARES.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • BuddyDawg1

    One of my all-time favorite songs by one of my all-time favorite artists!

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • simonchorlton

    dont compare ,just enjoy

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • tinker277

    ..and yes I did see Waters in Chicago this Fall on his "wall" tour and while it was a pretty good show i left there thinking how long is this guy gonna ride that one thing in his life that can be called greatness? The wall conceptually was just that "Genius" but without Gilmour's songs it would have just been a blur of madness and inconceivable blabber and to see him perform it well lets just say it was definatley lacking something. he has not ever had a successful tour unless it was with Pink Floyd or performing "The Wall". Gilmour on the other hand has had several solo tours which I have had the pleasure of seeing him solo twice and I have to tell you "simply amazing".

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
  • tinker277

    Richard Wright an understated genius in his own right...RIP....David Gilmour, in my opinion the Greatest musician of all time, throw in Nick Mason keeping it all together and you have the greatest band ever formed and yes waters was left out on purpose because while I will give him due for being a pioneer for what would become the worlds best he himself can't hold a flame to what the others have accomplished as a band and as solo acts, I challenge anybody to state anything that Waters did solo that can stand up to Gilmours genius as a songwriter and performer. There is a reason Floyd could go on without Waters and would have died without Gilmour.

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
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