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Booomer Anthems: Comfortably Numb


Re that overwhelmingly apocalyptic solo by David Gilmor:

“It was a fantastic moment, I can tell, to be standing up on there, and Roger’s just finished singing his thing, and I’m standing there, waiting. I’m in pitch darkness and no one knows I’m there yet. And Roger’s down and he finishes his line, I start mine and the big back spots and everything go on and the audience, they’re all looking straight ahead and down, and suddenly there’s all this light up there and they all sort of—their heads all lift up and there’s this thing up there and the sound’s coming out and everything. Every night there’s this sort of “[gasp!]” from about 15,000 people. And that’s quite something, let me tell you.”

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  • Geoff C. The Saltine July 12, 2019, 8:26 PM

    “And then ten years gets behind you , no one tells you when to run,you hold the starting gun”
    All will be well Mr. V. Your Mom is home. You have done your job,now the question is whats next?
    Thanks for the song,call you Saturday.
    Love to you from AA and Geoff.

  • H July 13, 2019, 3:37 AM

    Fantastic musicians, certainly. Although their politics really, really suck, so they have that going for them, and I’ll not financially support their communistic proclivities. I’d pay up if they’d just shut up and sing.

  • bob sykes July 14, 2019, 4:46 AM

    Who, pray tell, made the poster?

  • Vanderleun July 14, 2019, 7:23 AM

    An artist named Todd Alcott. More at

    Todd Alcott (@toddalcott) • Instagram photos and videos

  • Jeff Brokaw July 14, 2019, 10:49 AM

    Gilmour is such a great guitar player. The best thing in the band, for me, although the drummer must be really good to hold it all together, with all the space between the notes that they build into their songs.

    The band itself is too dominated by Waters and his Shitty Outlook on Life.

    When I was a freshman in college in 1977 I distinctly remember a conversation with a girl who lived on my floor, somebody asked her if she liked Dark Side of the Moon and I assumed she would say “of course” since hey who didn’t like that classic? And she said no, it was too depressing.

    What?! This was quite an eye opener for me and I slowly realized over the years that she nailed that one, for the whole band. Lots of bitching and complaining in those lyrics, Roger

  • Gordon Scott July 14, 2019, 5:43 PM

    I admit I’ve never been a fan of Pink Floyd.

    But if one lived in England in 1977, it must have seemed like the whole frigging world was going to hell. Nothing and no one worked. For 20 years it had seemed that one government followed another in arranging the decline and fall of the United Kingdom.

    Margaret Thatcher turned that around. I could never understand the youths who danced for joy when she died. She pulled that country out of its never-gonna-get-better mentality through sheer force of will, when even her cabinet wanted to just let it go.

    Roger Waters hated it all, of course. He got rich because she cut his taxes from near confiscation to tolerable.

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