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Flaming Lips to Perform Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"

December 1, 2009 12:00 AM ET

The Flaming Lips will ring in 2010 by channeling Pink Floyd for a performance of Dark Side of the Moon during the band's New Years Eve Freakout!! concert at their native Oklahoma City's Cox Center. According to the gig poster unveiled on the band's official Website, when the clock strikes midnight 2010, Wayne Coyne and the Lips will launch into Pink Floyd's legendary 1973 album with the help of the band Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, the Flaming Lips recently rerecorded Dark Side in its entirety in the studio with the hopes of unveiling their rendition as a iTunes-only release. The album, which reportedly features cameos by Henry Rollins and Peaches, is a collaboration with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, a pack of Oklahoma City psych-rockers that boast Wayne's nephew Dennis Coyne as its lead singer. Stardeath also opened for the Lips at the Soft Bulletin band's last two New Year's Eve shows.

In October, the Flaming Lips visited KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform "Eclipse," the closing track on Dark Side of the Moon. Listen to their interpretation over at the NPR Music site. This isn't the first time a non-Pink Floyd cover band has taken on Dark Side in all its 43-minute glory live on stage: Phish previously assumed a "musical costume" and performed the entire LP in West Valley, Utah on November 2nd, 1998.

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