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Watch David Gilmour Perform “Purple Rain” with “Comfortably Numb”

The former Pink Floyd guitarist paid tribute to the recently departed Artist with a classic mash-up.

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By Christopher Scapelliti

David Gilmour paid tribute to Prince by including “Purple Rain” in his performance of the Pink Floyd song “Comfortably Numb” during his April 24 performance for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. An audience recording of the performance is below.

Gilmour’s iconic “Comfortably Numb” solo begins just past the two-minute mark. At 4:27, the stage lights turn purple, and the band kicks into “Purple Rain” as Gilmour continues soloing. Roughly one minute later they return to “Comfortably Numb,” as Gilmour continues to unleash a torrent of emotional lines from his guitar. Here’s hoping this terrific performance gets an official pro-shot video at some point.

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