No one has been able to kill it on stage like Bruce Springsteen, also known as The Boss of blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll.
So it only made sense for the Killers to bring Springsteen on stage for a three-song encore during a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Springsteen hails from nearby New Jersey.
Not surprisingly, the band and Springsteen belted out tunes from Springsteen’s E Street band, from Badlands to A Dustland Fairytale to the show-closing Born to Run. The second of those was actually released as a collaboration between the Killers and Springsteen in 2008.
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Killers frontman Brandon Flowers told Rolling Stone that Dustland was supposed to take place on the stage a few years ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic shelved those plans.
“The idea to record it remotely was initially about giving people something during quarantine,” he said. “Dustland‘s lineage leads straight to Bruce. When we finished it back in 2008, I sent him a copy and a note expressing my gratitude for his contribution to my life.”
Flowers had high praise for Springsteen overall.
“I attribute my discovery and absorption of his music with helping me become a more authentic writer. He helped me to see the extraordinary in everyday people and their lives,” Flowers told Rolling Stone. “And in this case, it was my parents who were under the microscope. Their faith and doubts, their search for salvation in the desert. It sounds Biblical. It also sounds Springsteenian.”