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Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd (Easy Piano Solo sheet music)
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Pink Floyd is a British rock band, founded in London in 1965. Considered a cultural icon of the 20th century and one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed bands in the history of popular music, they gained great popularity within the underground circuit thanks to their psychedelic and spatial music, which over time evolved into progressive rock and symphonic rock, acquiring the popularity with which they are remembered today.
Pink Floyd is known for songs with a high philosophical content, sometimes political criticism, along with sound experimentation, the innovative covers of her albums and her elaborate live shows. Its sales exceed 280 million albums sold worldwide, 97.5 million of them only in the United States, becoming one of the best-selling bands in history.
Initially the group was made up of drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist and vocalist Richard Wright, bassist and vocalist Roger Waters, and guitarist and lead vocalist Syd Barrett, who became the band’s first leader after the short-lived passing of Bob Klose, which did not appear on any album. Barrett’s erratic and unpredictable behavior, caused by excessive drug use (especially LSD), led to his friend David Gilmour joining the group in December 1967. A few months later, Barrett left, and with the quartet made up of Mason, Wright, Waters and Gilmour, the definitive line-up of the group was established.
Barrett’s departure made Waters the band’s primary lyricist, while Gilmour and Wright took the lead in musical composition. The group recorded many albums during this time that became extraordinary commercial successes, such as The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut ( 1983) records included, in fact, among the most influential in the history of popular music.
After the recording sessions for The Wall, bassist Roger Waters fired keyboardist Rick Wright from the band over creative discrepancies. After The Final Cut the band was exhausted and out of ideas, until in 1985 Waters declared the dissolution of Pink Floyd. The remaining members, Gilmour and Mason, refused to accept this decision and continued with the group, for which Waters sued them claiming part of the rights to the Pink Floyd trademark.
Waters lost the lawsuit in court, but, after an agreement with Gilmour and Mason, he obtained exclusive rights to all the imagery they displayed in their concerts (such as their famous flying pig) and to the audiovisual show of The Wall (except the three songs that Gilmour had composed: ‘Young Lust’, ‘Run Like Hell’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’), as well as all the songs included in The Final Cut; in return, the rest of the group could henceforth continue to use the Pink Floyd name without restriction.
After overcoming these legal problems in 1986, Gilmour and Mason called Wright to intervene, as contract keyboardist, in the recording of their next work, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987). The relationship was regularized in the following album, The Division Bell (1994), with Wright already reinstated as an official member of the group, thus recovering his classic configuration.
However, Waters later embarked on a solo career and did not meet his bandmates again until 24 years later; It was on July 2, 2005, in London, at the Live 8 concert, during which the songs ‘Speak to Me/Breathe’, ‘Money’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’ could be heard.
In November 2014, The Endless River was released, the band’s last studio album, which contains mostly material recorded during The Division Bell recording sessions between 1993 and 1994, and without any contribution from Roger Waters.7
In a poll conducted by the British radio program Planet Rock in 2005, Pink Floyd was voted the ‘greatest rock band of all time’.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) More (1969) Ummagumma (1969) Atom Heart Mother (1970) Meddle (1971) Obscured by Clouds (1972) The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Wish You Were Here (1975) Animals (1977) The Wall (1979) The Final Cut (1983) A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) The Division Bell (1994) The Endless River (2014)
Pink Floyd World Tour (1968) The Man and The Journey Tour (1969) Atom Heart Mother World Tour (1970–71) Meddle Tour (1971) Dark Side of the Moon Tour (1972–73) French Summer Tour (1974) British Winter Tour (1974) Wish You Were Here Tour (1975) In the Flesh Tour (1977) The Wall Tour (1980–81) A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour (1987–89) The Division Bell Tour (1994)