Roger Waters says David Gilmour’s iconic guitar solo in Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb was not his first take

David Gilmour and Roger Waters performing live in 2005
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UPDATE (10.02.23): In his 2022 interview, Bob Ezrin was in fact referring to David Gilmour’s first solo when he claimed it was a first take. Please see Total Guitar’s clarification for more info.

Last year, producer of Pink Floyd’s The Wall Bob Ezrin gave David Gilmour’s iconic second guitar solo on Comfortably Numb an extra layer of mysticism by revealing the lead effort that eventually made the final cut was the Stratocaster master’s first take.

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Matt Owen
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Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.