Roger Waters headlined the Music Heals benefit concert Friday at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall, where the former Pink Floyd bassist delivered The Wall classic “Comfortably Numb” alongside fellow Music Heals performers Billy Corgan and guitarist Tom Morello. On the sterling rendition of the track, Waters tackles the verses while Corgan and Tim Donley, an injured Marine who turned to music after losing both legs following a bombing in Afghanistan, share the chorus. Guitarist G.E. Smith and the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band also lend their support.
Waters’ Music Heals benefit, which raised money for MusiCorps, a non-profit organization that supports injured soldiers and their families, featured plenty of surprises, including the first ever live performance of Pink Floyd’s The Wall-era single “When the Tigers Broke Free,” which opened the set. Corgan later joined Waters for a handful of Floyd tracks (“Comfortably Numb,” “Brain Damage/Eclipse,” “Wish You Were Here”) as well as the final song of the night, an all-star cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”
The concert actually marked Corgan’s second time performing “Wish You Were Here” alongside Pink Floyd members: In 1996, the Smashing Pumpkins singer was on hand to induct Pink Floyd into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and later joined David Gilmour and Richard Wright for an acoustic take on the 1975 single.
Morello served as Waters’ guitarist on the Floyd cuts “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)” and “Money,” plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” a track Morello previously performed with both Rage Against the Machine as well as Springsteen himself. Waters’ set also boasted the second time ever he’s sung “Crystal Clear Brooks,” a song he debuted during his headlining set at the Newport Folk Festival, as well as renditions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”