Watch Bruce Springsteen play Arcade Fire
It’s always an emotional moment when two artists from different generations come together to share a stage, and this thunderous streak of Bruce Springsteen joining Arcade Fire for an exhilarating performance of ‘Keep The Car Running’ in Toronto is well worth revisiting.
The track appeared on the Canadian band’s second album, Neon bible, and having the opportunity to perform with one of their most famous fans – who happens to be their hero – gave the group a pinch moment they will never forget. Artists like Springsteen ushered in the expansive, explosive sound that would allow bands like Arcade Fire to thrive.
It wasn’t just sonically that Springsteen was an inspiration for Arcade Fire, but his friendship provided them with words of wisdom. The band is hanging on to their latest record, and for good reason too. After all, The Boss has seen it all.
Springsteen’s career has not been all rosy, and while he’s seen as the messiah today, at one point it was a different story. The boss was accused of selling himself in the early 1990s after moving to Los Angeles and turning his back on The E Street Band. In 1992 he published Human contact and Lucky city. Both albums were met with almost universal disdain on the part of his loyal fans, who believed his best years were firmly behind him.
Arcade Fire found itself in a situation comparable to Springsteen’s in 2017 when they released their fifth album that Divides, All now. Even though the record sold well and topped the charts in many countries, many critics criticized it and thought Arcade Fire had lost its identity.
Singer Win Butler hasn’t been put down by the reviews they’ve received, and the advice given to him by The Boss earlier in his career has reminded him that no criticism is the end of the world. . “Bruce Springsteen once told us, ‘Just make sure you can still play shows in Spain,’” Butler explained to CoS. “Because there will come a time when people will hate you for ten years or so, and you can just disappear and go and play shows in Spain where people love you. And you will be in Spain and you can eat delicious food. And then ten years later people will realize that you are really great and can go back to America.
“The crazy thing about music is that everyone has different tastes,” Butler added. “It depends on where you grew up, what your parents liked, how you feel the beat, etc.
The performance sees Springsteen with a smile painted on his face just as colossal as the members of Arcade Fire. The sheer joy that radiates from The Boss in this performance shows that, above all, he is a music lover, which is why he has had such sensational longevity.