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Springsteen Joins The Killers on New Version of “A Dustland Fairytale”

The Killers share preview of Bruce Springsteen collaboration

Some days having Siri is just an excellent thing, and I don’t recall a morning when that has been more true than this one. While sitting here working on a post, which has now been pushed off to tomorrow, I simply said, “Play some new music.” I had no idea the treat I was in for; one of my favorite bands and possibly my favorite artist of all time have gotten together for a collaboration.

I love The Killers, and “A Dustland Fairytale” has long been my favorite song from their catalog. Bruce Springsteen…well..he’s the Boss. If any one person in the whole rock and roll realm has had a bigger influence on me than Bruce, I can’t imagine who it is.

Now, they have not only come together for a collaboration, they have done so on a reimagining of none other than my favorite Killers song.

Simply titled “Dustland,” the song debuted last week as part of The Today Show’s Citi Music Series, and I couldn’t be happier about it or more pleased with how awesome it turned out. I’ll be listening to this song a lot today, and I thought you might want to do so also. Enjoy.

The Boss joins The Killers for a reimagining of “A Dustland Fairytale.”

In the Hoda Kotb interview with the two men about the collaboration, Killers’ frontman, Brandon Flowers, talks about how Bruce’s music inspired the writing of “A Dustland Fairytale,” a song that he wrote in honor of his parents’ love story when his mother was battling terminal brain cancer.

Brandon Flowers and Bruce Springsteen talk about the events that brought about the “Dustland” collaboration.

Flowers and Sprigsteen first performed together when Brandon joined the E Street Band for a performance of “Thunder Road” at the PinkPop Festival in 2009.

Brandon Flowers joins Bruce and the E Street Band for “Thunder Road” in 2009.

A few months later, Flowers had opportunity to perform Springsteen’s “The Promised Land” at Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony, a bar that Bruce put on the map.

The Killers’ Brandon Flowers performs Bruce Springsteen’s “The Promised Land.”

So, there it is. Music makes you feel better. This little trip has made me feel better, and I hope it does the same for you.

Prayers for an excellent day.

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