Clips & Pix: David Gilmour/Comfortably Numb

I swear this is yet another coincidental occasion that resulted in a spontaneous post. When checking out YouTube for something else, I got distracted, stepped away from the computer for a few minutes, and when I got back this killer clip was playing. I just couldn’t resist posting about it!

The Wall isn’t even my favorite Pink Floyd album (that would be Meddle), though I’d put it in my top 5, together with Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, as well as Relics, an excellent compilation of the band’s early stage. That being said, I’ve always dug Comfortably Numb, which David Gilmour co-wrote with Roger Waters. In no small part that’s because of Gilmour’s epic solo. While I oftentimes feel less is more when it comes to guitar solos, there are exceptions, and this is one of them – when the guitar-playing is as great, I don’t mind if a solo is a bit massive!

The above clip is from a 2016 David Gilmour concert at the Amphitheatre of Pompeii, which according to Wikipedia was the first public performance there since AD 79. ‘Wait a moment,’ you might say, ‘how about the 1972 documentary Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii?’ While the band indeed played there what was a typical live set at the time, there was no actual audience beyond the film crew. Maybe I’m romanticizing a bit here, but can you imagine how frigging awesome it must have been to be a member of that crew?

BTW, in case the guy singing co-lead vocals somehow looks familiar, it’s Chuck Leavell. The American singer-songwriter and keyboarder was a member of The Allman Brothers Band during their heyday in the ’70s. He has also worked with artists like Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Gov’t Mule.

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube

8 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: David Gilmour/Comfortably Numb”

  1. Awesome solo! I have to admit though for whatever reason I have never really gotten into the Floyd. Cant really say why. I had a housemate once who was really into them who hated Springsteen so that might have put me off. Of course Bruce and Floyd completely different. I probably need to go back and give them a more thorough re-%look.

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    1. In my case, beyond “Wish You Were Here” (which my older sister had on vinyl and I heard for the first time when I was 10 years old or so) and “Dark Side Of The Moon,” Pink Floyd was more of an acquired taste.

      The same thing happened to me with Led Zeppelin. Initially, I was attracted by the acoustic portion of “Stairway To Heaven.” On the radio in Germany, they would always fade out the song before the heavy rock section starts. When I listened to the tune for the first time in its entirety, I just couldn’t believe how Zep could have taken such a “beautiful tune and completely ruined it at the end.” Now, I love it exactly because of the heavy ending and the great buildup to it! 🙂

      I guess this goes to show while certain artists are love at first sight, with others it can take a while until you fully appreciate them. Once you do, I find they tend to stand the test of time better than artists you liked right away – not sure why that is!

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      1. One of my favorite musical experiences. Listen to this whole cut (being a Meddle fan that won’t be hard) then listen to Gilmour wig out around the 630 mark. What was that doing to my young brain? I’ll try to find what I wrote about on this experience when I first saw and heard it.

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      2. So I just finally got a chance to watch this clip – man, this is epic shit!

        BTW, I visited Pompeii and this amphitheater during a family vacation to Italy in July 2014. I wish I would have watched the clip right then and there!

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  2. Fucking tremendous. I LOVE Gilmour. I had always heard he patched together his solos in the studio so until I heard live clips I wasn’t sure if he could pull it off live. As to the studio ‘Numb’ solo being the best ever (according to some), I’m still going with ‘Time’ and ‘Money.’ He’s a guy that if he tours I’ll have to consider mortgaging the house or hocking my wife’s jewelry. 🙂

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