Music/Lyrics: Roger Waters
Original Artist: Pink Floyd
Original Album: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Historian: Mark Toscano
On 11/2/98, all that fans touched, ate, begged, borrowed, stole, created, and destroyed was in tune as Phish eclipsed the sun with their mind-bending, surprise cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. At this point in the set, it’s safe to say that everyone knew this song was coming, but it still thrilled the half-sold-out ‘E’ Centre to no end. Easily the most climactic and dramatic song of the entire album (and this show), “Eclipse” sums up not just the album and its themes, but literally “everything under the sun”; proving first and foremost that Pink Floyd knew precisely how to seal up an album.
One of the greatest moments of Phish’s performance that night was definitely the almost matter-of-fact segue from “Eclipse” back into “Harpua” to finish off the set, a seamless movement helped immeasurably by the fact that both songs are in the same key. What a cab ride!