Bruce Springsteen Guests on Killers Track ‘Dustland’
Bruce Springsteen and The Killers have released a duet titled “Dustland,” a re-recording of the band’s “A Dustland Fairytale” from their 2008 studio album. Day and age.
Flowers explained how the collaboration came together in a statement to The killers’ social networks. The leader explains that he was about to board a plane from JFK Airport in Salt Lake City when he received a text from a number he did not save on his phone.
“I’m looking at Glastonbury. You have become a hellish live band my brother! I love the golden suit! We have to do Dustland someday. Signed with: ‘Bruce’, ”Flowers remembers from the SMS. “Now I have 3 options here: 1. A cold-blooded monster is playing a cruel trick on me; 2. It’s Bruce Hornsby. But I haven’t spoken with him since 2015ish; or 3. It’s really Bruce Springsteen (I forgot to put both Bruce’s numbers in this phone ..) ”
After Googleing the area code for the number and contacting Bruce’s son / Flowers friend Evan, he confirmed the text was from The Boss.
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Flowers adds that “A Dustland Fairytale” was written about her mother, who was battling brain cancer at the time and would later die in 2010 at age 64.
“It was an attempt to better understand my father, which is sometimes a mystery to me. Mourning my mother. Recognize their sacrifices and maybe even glimpse how strong love must be to be successful in this world. It was my therapy. It was cathartic, ”writes Flowers.
Flowers adds, “This is where Bruce comes in. Before I really became a fan of him, I was in the business of anything the size of a stadium. Larger than life EVERYTHING. Definitely bigger than the life of Jeannie and Terry Flowers. But Bruce wrote a lot about people like my parents, and found a lot of beauty in the hopes and dreams of otherwise unseen people. Their fights and their losses. I am grateful to him for opening this door to me. I thank my parents for the example they gave me. Now go find out something new about your dad, give your mom a big hug, and for god’s sake, listen to Bruce Springsteen.
“Dustland” can be heard below and is available to stream and download here.
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