The Flaming Lips to Cover Dark Side at Bonnaroo
The Flaming Lips will cover Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety at Bonnaroo. Singer Wayne Coyne revealed the information in a recent interview with Spinner. He also confirmed that the band’s Bonnaroo show will consist of a two-part late-night set: part one will feature Flaming Lips material and part two will feature the band’s version of Dark Side of the Moon.
As previously reported, The Flaming Lips released a remake of Dark Side as an iTunes exclusive this past fall. The group played the album as part of its New Year’s Eve show and plan to play Dark Side on occasion throughout the year. In addition to the members of the Flaming Lips, the remake of the album features Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Henry Rollins and others.
The Flaming Lips played late-night shows at Bonnaroo in 2003 and 2007. The group’s 2003 Bonnaroo show also included a few Dark Side songs.
“We did that as an encore—that was the first time we played Bonnaroo,” Coyne recently told Relix/Jambands.com about the Lips’ Pink Floyd covers at Bonnaroo in 2003. “I think that was part of this realization that we could do Dark Side of the Moon. We were already pretty familiar with the stuff. We had already done a version of ‘Us & Them,’ which is one of the greatest songs ever, anyway. We had also done ‘Breathe’ so we knew these tracks before we started working on this album. But the way we played those songs at Bonnaroo in 2003 sounded more like Pink Floyd than our interpretation of Pink Floyd. I think you have a dilemma when play a song in front of people that they don’t recognize—it is hard for them to really get into it. The way we’re doing Dark Side of the Moon now is more us doing our own take on it. Back then we were playing it more like, ‘You’ll recognize this, it’s a Pink Floyd song.’ But I think that was still part of why it didn’t feel like it was such an overwhelming of a task for us to cover this album. [We had the mentality that] we’ll figure out the bits that we don’t already know. They are just really great songs.”