Bruce Springsteen has teamed up with The Killers on a collaborative track, “Dustland.”
The track is a re-recording of The Killers’ Day & Age cut, “A Dustland Fairytale,” which they first released in 2008. Brandon Flowers and The Boss trade verses over anthemic strings and drums. “Saw Cinderella in a party dress but / She was looking for a night gown / I saw the devil wrapping up his hands / He’s getting ready for the show down,” they sing together.
Flowers originally wrote “A Dustland Fairytale” as a tribute to his parents, Jeannie and Terry Flowers. On the band’s Twitter account, he shared a message detailing the collab’s origins. Springsteen had first reached out to the Killers frontman in February 2020 while watching their Glastonbury performance.
In the note, Flowers expressed his long-held admiration for Springsteen, praising him for writing “a lot about people like my parents,” and finding “a whole lot of beauty in otherwise invisible people’s hopes and dreams.”
Read the full message here:
— The Killers (@thekillers) June 16, 2021
Both artists were active in 2020. Last August, the Killers dropped their sixth album, Imploding the Mirage, which featured guests Weyes Blood, k.d. lang and Lindsey Buckingham. In February, the band also dropped a new song, “C’est La Vie,” which was included on the album’s deluxe edition.
Meanwhile, Springsteen released his 20th record, Letter to You, last October. It was his first effort with his E Street Band since 2014’s High Hopes.
Listen to “Dustland” here: