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As next Monday’s (Aug. 21) eclipse is set to extend a narrow margin of total blackout across the United States, Royal Caribbean has planned a special musical surprise for the guests on their Total Eclipse Cruise: Bonnie Tyler will be on board to perform her career-defining single “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
The only Welsh singer to top the Billboard Hot 100, Tyler will perform her 1983 hit just as the eclipse begins, the boat positioned in its “path of totality” during its week-long trip from Orlando, Fla. to the Caribbean. Tyler will be backed by the Joe Jonas-led pop-rock outfit DNCE.
“The eclipse of the sun lasts 2 minutes and 40 [seconds], I’m told,” Tyler explained in an interview with TIME. “Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about, because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning.”
Tyler also shared a brief synopsis of how she ended up with the song’s production courtesy of songwriter Jim Steinman, who is best known for his work with the band Meat Loaf.
“The A&R guy said, ‘Are you crazy? He’s never going to work with you.’ And I said, ‘Well, ask him!’ You don’t get until you ask,” Tyler said. ” So they asked him, and… I went over to meet him, and within three weeks he’d finished writing the song for me, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart,’ that he’d started writing many years ago. And he finished it off and gave it to me to sing. I wouldn’t have had this hit record without bloody asking. And I got it.”
In preparation for your own eclipse tableau, jam out to Tyler’s epic track below.