Every now and then, music and astronomy converge to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To mark next week’s total solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler will be performing her hit song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” aboard a cruise ship as the rare celestial event is happening.
Tyler will be singing the catchy 1983 tune aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise and will be backed by the Joe Jonas-led pop group DNCE, Time magazine reports. The week-long cruise, which departs from Orlando for the Caribbean on Aug. 20, will be positioned in the eclipse’s path of totality. Tyler and DNCE will perform the song as the moon is passing across the sun on Aug. 21. Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Carribean International told Time, “Bonnie Tyler was a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment.”
This will be the first time that Tyler will be performing her hit pop song during the astronomical phenomenon. The song, which is considered a karaoke favorite and spikes in popularity around eclipses, currently has more than 302 million views on YouTube. Tyler revealed to Time that while she’s not worried about performance, she did have to cut down the song to fit the less-than three-minute time frame of the eclipse. “It had to be chopped about, because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning.”
The total solar eclipse will be visible from Oregon to South Carolina. The “Great American Eclipse” will travel from coast-to-coast for the first time in 99 years.
See how social media reacted to Tyler singing her hit song below:
Social Media Reacts to Bonnie Tyler Singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” to Mark Solar Eclipse
I care about the eclipse now https://t.co/VnosY1b5KC
— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) August 16, 2017
Downloading every version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to blare in my backyard Monday at 10:17PST. Don't tell my neighbors. #Eclipse2017
— Courtney Weber (@thecocowitch) August 16, 2017
Wait, what? Bonnie Tyler is going to sing "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" during the #Eclipse2017?
I'm actually impressed by this idea.
— We've Got Emergency on Planet Earth (@SethFromThe716) August 16, 2017
— Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) August 16, 2017
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" why are you playing this during the eclipse? It's such a depressing song.
— Pamela Ackerson, multi-genre author (@pamackerson) August 16, 2017
Good: Bonnie Tyler is singing Total Eclipse of the Heart during the eclipse.
In 2017, we're livin' in a powderkeg and givin' off sparks.
— Nathan Howe (@natehowe) August 16, 2017
THE FIRST GOOD THING TO HAPPEN IN 2017 HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. https://t.co/aI6ZDFYrZj
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) August 16, 2017
On a cruise. In the path of totality. Somehow with Joe Jonas. This is incredible news. https://t.co/oGi0qL8FSd
— Sarah Mimms (@mimms) August 16, 2017
How do you feel about Bonnie Tyler singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” during the solar eclipse? What other songs would you add to your eclipse-themed playlist? Sound off in the comments section below!
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